Now that 2021 is over, it’s time to start looking forward to the year to come. The new year means a fresh start and another chance to exchange some bad old habits for better ones.
If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your oral health to get the bright and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, then you’re in luck; we’ve created a handy list of tips for caring for your teeth in the new year!
Focus on Oral Hygiene
If you’re really committed to getting that healthy smile, then you’ve got to be serious about your oral hygiene routine. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day, every single day.
Regular brushing and flossing can keep your teeth nice and white, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and keep your breath smelling nice and fresh.
Avoid Sugary Drinks and Foods
When you overindulge in sugary foods and drinks, the bacteria in your mouth processes it into acids that wear away at the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. You don’t have to cut out sugar entirely, but you should only have it in moderation.
The vow to stop smoking is a classic New Year’s resolution, and for a good reason: it’s seriously unhealthy on a number of levels, especially for your teeth. Smoking not only yellows the teeth, but it results in a lack of oxygen in the blood, contributing to gum disease. Gum disease can lead to a variety of issues, including tooth loss.
Visit Your Dentist More Often
Too many people put off their regular dental visits because they’re not experiencing any issues with their oral health. However, routine checkups and cleaning appointments can help prevent issues from developing and keep your smile looking healthy and bright.
Resolve to Visit Your Dentist This New Year?
David W. Piper, DMD, and his team are happy to help you change your oral health habits for the better. Call (727) 548-7100 today to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Piper is a General and Cosmetic Dentist who has proudly served Pinellas County since 1993. Both he and his team of professionals provide high quality, gentle dental care in a relaxed, personalized, and caring environment. Treating patients like family sets his practice apart from others.