Do you forget to brush your teeth before going to bed? Maybe you don’t visit your dentist as often as you should? There isn’t any better time than a new year to recommit to your smile. While you might plan to eat healthier, exercise more often, or save money, put your oral health at the top of your priority list. Not sure where to start? Here are 4 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier smile in 2022.
1. Make sure you’re brushing enough.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Unfortunately, it’s easy to crawl into bed after a long day without reaching for your toothbrush. Although it may not seem concerning, your mouth is a dark and moist environment, which means harmful oral bacteria can quickly multiply while you sleep. You can combat tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath by brushing before calling it a night. The ADA recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth and tongue for at least two full minutes.
2. Don’t forget to floss nightly.
If you’re like many people, flossing can seem like a chore, but it’s just as important as your toothbrush. Although brushing is your first line of defense against preventable oral health issues, it can’t clean everywhere in your mouth, like between your teeth. Flossing removes the accumulations left behind by your toothbrush to keep your gums healthy. With 50% of adults having the preventable infection, you can help avoid tooth loss by flossing before bed.
3. Visit your dentist every 6 months.
Your oral hygiene routine is essential for a healthy smile, but the ADA also recommends visiting your dentist semi-annually. Even if you don’t have any current dental concerns, a cleaning and checkup are necessary. Your dental team will remove tartar buildup and examine your mouth for any issues, like weakened decay or gum inflammation. This allows them to intervene early to lessen the likeliness of needing a costly treatment down the road. If you have dental insurance, 100% of the cost of preventive services may be covered. You can see your dentist regularly, even if money is tight.
4. Eat a healthy diet.
The foods you eat not only affect your waistline, but also your smile. It’s best to maintain a balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches. You’ll also want to skip sugary or acidic drinks to preserve your enamel. Drink plenty of water to support a healthy mouth and body.
You can head into 2022 looking and feeling your best with a commitment to your smile. Schedule a cleaning and checkup today.
About Dr. Marianna Gaitsgory
Dr. Gaitsgory earned her dental degree from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine before continuing her training in advanced studies. She focuses on prevention to help each patient achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. If it is time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.