New Year's Resolutions for Dental Health and Overall Wellness

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on January 14, 2017

Tips from a Columbus, Indiana dentist to increase dental health in the new year. 

Tips from a Columbus, Indiana dentist to increase dental health in the new year.

We're only a few weeks in to 2017, and no doubt some of us have already slacked off on our New Year's Resolutions. Studies show that over 58% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and nearly half of those resolutions have something to do with health improvements. From smoking cessation, to losing weight, to picking up better eating habits - Americans are trying to move toward better health and wellness. What many of us fail to acknowledge, though, is that our dental health is an important part of our overall wellness. Even though 2017 has already begun, it's never too late to pick up better habits. Here are a few New Year's resolutions to help increase not only your dental health, but your overall well-being.

 

Improve your toothbrushing and flossing habits.

 When we remind ourselves that all systems of our bodies are connected, it becomes easy to see how improving our basic at-home dental care is a sure and simple way to improve dental health and overall wellness. Be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, with an appropriately-sized, soft bristled toothbrush. Floss once a day to remove plaque and bacteria between the teeth that the toothbrush can't reach. Just these small changes can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Choose healthier foods and beverages.

Remember the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, an apple a day can keep the dentist away, too! Just as making healthy food and beverage choices can impact our whole-body health, it can impact oral health as well. Choose water over soft drinks and sugary coffees. Snack on foods that are lower in carbohydrates and acidity, like fresh fruits and veggies. 

Quit using tobacco products.

Sure, we all know about how tobacco use can wreak havoc on our lungs, but the damage tobacco use can cause to our teeth and gums often becomes an afterthought until it is too late. Tobacco use is a leading cause of yellowed teeth, gingivitis, and bad breath, among other, more serious oral health issues. Stopping smoking and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings can help repair some of the damage caused by tobacco use.

Visit your dentist for regular cleanings.

Visit your dentist for regular cleanings.

Making routine dental visits part of your New Year's resolutions may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. A dental visit should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienist to monitor the condition of your teeth and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.

Give 2017 your biggest smile yet!

A New Year is a great time to make positive life changes. To make sure you're able to put your best foot (or smile) forward in 2017, call the caring professionals at White River Dental Columbus, Indiana. They will work with you to develop the most appropriate plan of action to help increase your dental, and overall, health and wellness. Call White River Dental today!

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