Fresh Start: Healthy Dental Habits for the New Year

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The new year is a perfect time to think of resolutions for a healthier lifestyle, and this includes improving your dental health! Whether it's enhancing your oral care routine, making healthier dietary choices, or scheduling any necessary dental treatments, these resolutions can have a significant impact on your long-term dental health. In this blog, we will explore some dental healthy habits and new year resolutions that can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year. From daily flossing and regular dental visits to quitting smoking and eating a balanced diet, there are many simple yet effective strategies to improve your dental health and overall well-being. So, let's make this the year that you prioritize your dental health and set achievable goals for a healthier smile!


Brushing and Flossing

Forming a regular habit of brushing and flossing your teeth every day can seem difficult to achieve. Although this practice only takes 15 minutes or less out of your day, many busy people tend to skip it or forget it in the bustle of their daily tasks. What most don’t realize is this simple habit can save many hours spent for cavity fillings and other dental treatments for unhealthy teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth should only be done for 2-3 minutes, once in the morning and once at night. 

Only one in every 10 Americans brush their teeth properly, so let’s turn you into a pro! Hold your toothbrush at a 45º angle from your gumline and gently stroke the surface of your teeth. There is importance in doing this gently, because brushing too hard can cause a receding gum line and this can bring about the loss of teeth in old age. Carefully brush the front and backs of your teeth as well as the chewing surfaces. Especially focus on the surface of your molars. 90% of the chewing you do is done with your molars. Make sure they’re nice and clean! It can be difficult to reach between teeth and in deep crevices, but try your best to remove all of the plaque.


Visiting Your Dentist

The more you avoid taking time out of your busy schedule to get a biannual checkup and cleaning, the more likely you are to develop cavities and worsen already existing ones. It may seem pointless to waste time for these cleanings, but it really helps save time in the long-run. So, how often should you go to the dentist? Plantation Dental SSI recommends a cleaning visit at least twice a year. 


Consuming Healthy Foods and Drinks

While it is super important to visit a dentist often and take proper dental hygiene seriously, it is also beneficial to pay attention to what foods and drinks you consume daily. If you want to strengthen your smile, teeth, gums, and the rest of your body; these are some foods we recommend fitting into your daily diet. Cheese, milk, and yogurt are full of calcium, which is an important mineral for building up the strength of your bones. While also helping preserve your tooth enamel, cheese increases saliva production, washing away harmful bacteria in your mouth. Leafy green vegetables and crunchy vegetables do the same as they encourage your mouth to produce more saliva and act as natural toothbrushes. 

While it is important to eat healthy foods, it is equally important to make sure you do not eat unhealthy foods. Sugary candies, sodas, sticky gummies, or dried fruits are all in the category of foods to avoid. Too often, sugar gets stuck in the crevices of your teeth and is not brushed out well enough. This causes plaque buildup and tooth decay. 


So what will you change about your daily habits this year? Is it brushing and flossing regularly? Visiting your dentist more often? Or is it changing your diet? We hope that this blog helps you turn your unhealthy dental health habits into great ones! Plantation Dental SSI wishes you a wonderful 2024! May your year be full of happiness and great Dental Care!