If you made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape or lose weight, you aren’t alone. Making a commitment to health and fitness is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. But while many people focus primarily on losing body fat and gaining muscle, they neglect to consider their oral and dental health.
Keeping your teeth and gums in good shape—or starting a treatment plan to address existing oral health issues—can be just as important as getting the rest of your body in shape. Poor oral health isn’t just unsightly and a cause of bad breath. It can also put you at risk of tooth decay, tooth loss, infection, and even cardiovascular problems.
Supercharging your oral health in 2022 doesn’t require much, but it does require commitment, discipline, and the help of your dentist. Here are the steps to take to make this year the year you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Commit to Brushing Twice Per Day
You have a busy lifestyle, but carving out just a few minutes in the morning and evening can go a long way towards keeping your teeth and gums in good shape. Don’t give in to temptation to brush just once a day, as doing so can leave harmful bacteria and plaque on your teeth for long periods of time, which can result in gum inflammation and cavities.
When brushing, use a gentle motion and hit all areas of your teeth. Many electronic toothbrushes use a vibration to clean more effectively, especially at the gumline. They also operate on timers, which means you’ll always brush for the recommended amount of time.
Many people skip flossing because they think that brushing, mouthwash, and even water irrigation are sufficient to clean between their teeth. However, nothing can replace the effectiveness of flossing. Make it a point to floss at least once per day, preferably after eating. Floss gently and be sure to get between all teeth for maximum effectiveness.
If you notice bleeding, it’s sign that you’re either flossing too hard or not flossing often enough. Regular, gentle flossing should result in zero bleeding or discomfort.
Cut Out Sugary Foods and Drinks
If you frequently eat candy, pastries, and other desserts, and you frequently drink sweetened beverages like tea, soda, and cocktails, you’re fighting a losing battle for your oral health. Even if you brush and floss as recommended, you’re still creating perfect conditions in your mouth for bacteria and plaque to wreak havoc on your teeth and gums.
Changing your diet will not only help you lose weight, but it can significantly improve your oral health, too.
See a Dentist and Follow Their Recommendations
For the best possible oral health, you should see a dentist twice per year for cleanings and checkups. Even the most disciplined and dedicated brushers and flossers can benefit from professional cleanings at a dentist, and bi-annual checkups can help rule out potential oral health problems like cavities and even cancer.
In addition, a dentist can help you fix lingering issues such as cavities, loose or missing teeth, and more. Remember, January is the perfect time to schedule these services, as most dental insurance maximums reset Jan. 1.
Let Us Help You Start Off 2022 the Right Way
A new year means a fresh start for your oral health, and 101st Adult Dentistry is here to help you put your best foot forward into 2022. Don’t wait another day to take charge of your oral health. Whether you need a cleaning, cosmetic procedure, or another service, contact us today to request a dental appointment.