Taking Care of Your Teeth in the New Year

  • Posted on: Jan 13 2014

Start your New Year off right by making a resolution to take care of your teeth.  Oral heath is an important part of your well-being, in which we have outlined a few important steps below to start the New Year off right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eliminate Unhealthy Habits

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession.  Smokers are twice as likely to loose their teeth as compared to non-smokers.  Tobacco harms your mouth in a variety of ways, including increasing the risk of tooth discoloration, cavities, gum disease and oral cancer.  Studies have also proven that regular alcohol drinkers are less likely to brush their teeth on a daily basis, resulting in a variety of oral issues.

Eat the Right Foods

What we put in our mouth greatly affects our oral health.  A diet lacking in nutrition suppresses our immune system and leaves us susceptible to oral health issues.   Consuming foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, improves your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation.  An added benefit is that certain fruit and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, can assist in cleaning plaque from your teeth and freshening your breath.

Take Care in Cleaning Your Teeth

Did you know that only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gumline?  This is an important step in oral hygiene, as these areas are where decay and gum disease often begins.  When one does not brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis they may have bleeding gums, which eventually can result in gum disease.

Remember to Visit Your Dentist

It is a wise decision to see one’s dentist at least twice per year.  Even if you teeth seem healthy, there are subtle issues that can be resolved at an early stage to prevent more serious developments.  The worst way to see your dentist is when oral issues develop to the point of pain.

According to the Center for Disease Control, most oral diseases are preventable.  Make the right steps this New Year in protecting your teeth and maintaining a healthy smile with our easy steps.

 

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