Start Your New Year Off Right, With Dental Resolutions You Can Sink Your Teeth Into!
Are you tired of hearing diet and exercise promos blaring on the radio? Tackling too many resolutions at once tends to overwhelm and backfire. Dental health resolutions are no different. Dr. Christopher J Fotinos Cosmetic & General Dentistry encourages a new approach. It’s often small changes in how we approach our oral health that pay off big time down the road.
Brush Smarter, Not Harder
Don’t try to make up for lost brushing time during the holiday madness by brushing harder in the new year. A soft-bristled brush cleans teeth effectively without damaging the gums or enamel. Be sure to brush three times a day, floss at least once, and use a fluoride mouthwash at least once a day to keep teeth in tip-top shape. If you’ve avoided the dentist lately, get a thorough dental cleaning to start the year off right.
Choose One Restoration You’ve Put Off
Protect Your Teeth From the Outside In
Some habits seem unrelated to oral health but can play a big roll in injury or long-term wear. Nail biting creates a distinct wear pattern over time, so the sooner you give it up, the less repair work is necessary. Avoid using your teeth to open bottles if you’d like them to stay whole. Invest in a quality mouth guard to minimize damage caused by sports’ accidents.
Ditch Tobacco Once and for All
Whether smoking or smokeless, tobacco is not your friend. Staining is only a surface issue compared to tobacco’s potential for causing decay, gum disease, gum recession, and cancer of the mouth, throat, and lungs. Tooth loss is about twice as likely for smokers than non-smokers. Luckily, once you give up tobacco, your risk of further tooth loss decreases. Our teeth whitening services can help remove the reminder that smoking played a role in your life.
Drink More Water
As you know, water is great for overall health. It also works toward creating a healthier dental environment by washing away bacteria left behind after snacks and meals. Fewer bacteria means less risk for cavities and tooth decay.
Stick to Your Appointment Schedule
Dental problems are usually easier and less costly to treat when caught early. Visit Dr. Fotinos twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups.