As we kick off the new year, you may have already put together a list of resolutions you want to tackle in 2019. The most popular resolutions generally revolve around improving health – going to the gym more, eating a well-rounded diet, meal prepping rather than fast food, etc. But what about your oral health? This new year is the perfect opportunity to commit to your dental care and here’s how to get back on track:
Schedule a Dental Check Up
The best way to jumpstart your new and improved dental health strategy is to see your dentist. Even if you haven’t seen your dentist for some time and have not experienced any issues, you can still benefit from a thorough exam, professional teeth cleaning, and overall recommendations on how to maintain your healthy smile.
It can be intimidating to see your dentist if you suspect something is not quite right, but dental professionals are there to help resolve any issues you may have and set you up for success moving forward. Sticking to your resolution means setting a routine. Part of that is making an appointment with your dentist every six months. Just remember, once you get that first visit down, you’re on your way to a healthier you!
Floss Every Day
We’ve all been guilty of assuming that brushing is enough to maintain a clean mouth, but what about all the bacteria and food debris between your teeth? Without flossing, the bacteria can cause cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and infections. The next step to accomplish your dental health resolution is to make the commitment to floss every day to remove the harmful plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush simply cannot reach.
During your six-month checkups, your dental hygienist will also clean between your teeth with professional instruments or a Waterpik, which will ensure anything you’ve missed is rinsed away. However, don’t assume you can skip flossing just because you have a dental cleaning coming up. A healthy mouth depends on consistency and proper technique. So grab that floss! It only takes a minute.
Kick Your Bad Habits
Some habits can really have a negative effect on your teeth, gums, and overall dental health. In particular, smoking cigarettes and using other nicotine products can increase the risk of staining your teeth, developing gingivitis and other gum diseases, painful infections, irreversible damage to your teeth enamel, and oral cancers. The next step in your oral health resolution is to drop these harmful habits.
It can be a monumental challenge to just quit, but here’s another opportunity to lean on your dentist. Your professional dental team can suggest ways to help you break your dependency on harmful products and chemicals. Your dentist can also discuss options to help strengthen your teeth, correct dental discoloration and misalignments, and reverse some of the visible damage you’ve already experienced.
Don’t Delay Dental Treatments
You went for your checkup, got your teeth cleaned, and committed to a thorough oral hygiene routine at home. Now what? The last step in your dental health resolution is to fix any immediate problems that your dentist is concerned about. Maybe your dentist noticed a small cavity in your dental x-ray and wants to take care of it during your visit, or recommends replacing a filling because it appears to be coming loose. The worst thing you can do at this point is to ignore these issues.
By treating these problems right away, you avoid bigger complications down the road. You may feel like you can go a few more months before having to deal with it, but you’ll only be delaying what inevitably needs to happen. It’s important to trust your dental professionals, listen to all your options, and make a decision on how to move forward before leaving your dentist’s office.
Make Your Appointment Today
Remember, your dental health is just a piece of the puzzle when it comes to your overall health. By making a new year’s resolution to focus and improve your oral health, you have also made strides towards a healthier body and mind. Just take it one step at a time, starting with making an appointment to see your dentist. As a special new year’s incentive, Absolute Dental is offering a complete exam plus x-rays for only $39 for a limited time! Call our offices today to get scheduled.