With the end of 2015 fast approaching, it’s time to think about some resolutions for the New Year. Whilst many people focus on losing weight or getting their finances under control as a priority, why not make some resolutions about your dental health too? Keep your mouth healthy in 2016 with these 8 easy resolutions:
- Quit smoking
Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers because tobacco negatively affects your oral health in a number of ways.
- Brush at least twice per day
Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque, the sticky build-up of harmful bacteria that can cause decay in your teeth.
- Floss daily
Just like brushing, flossing is vital in the prevention of tooth decay. Flossing is the only way you can keep the areas between your teeth and the area below the gum line free from plaque. These are the areas that are most at-risk of decay.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
Not only do fruit and vegetables benefit your entire immune system to keep you healthy, but they are also great for your teeth. The crunchy texture acts to stimulate saliva, which assists in washing away food debris caught in teeth.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups
By booking an appointment with your dentist every six months for a routine check up and clean, you will ensure that any causes for concern will be picked up and treated early.
- Chew sugarless gum
In the New Year, make it a habit to begin chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat. This stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to wash away food particles and assist in the prevention of bacteria and plaque forming.
- Drink fluoridated water
Water containing added fluoride is relatively standard in most developed countries and you should always ensure that you consume it this way. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid.
- Take it easy on the sweets
Limiting your sugar intake will not only help keep your mouth healthy, it will also help you to maintain a healthy body weight! When teeth come into contact with sugar, the tooth enamel comes under attack and it can wear down, resulting in decay of the tooth underneath. The less sugar you consumer, the better for your mouth!