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,