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If one of your 2022 New Year’s Resolutions is to have an improved health, you can’t forget about your dental habits. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start preventing oral diseases through simple habits that will not only help you have a healthy smile, but a better lifestyle.
Here are 5 New Year’s Resolutions so you can show off a healthy and beautiful smile this 2022:
Schedule Your Next Appointment With Your Dentist
If you have good oral health, it is recommended to go to the dentists once or twice a year for a check-up and a dental cleaning. Scheduling your appointment in January can make it easier for you to keep track of your next visits to the dentist. By doing so, cavities, periodontal problems, or infections can be detected just in time to avoid complications that could require more expensive treatments.
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Change Your Toothbrush
It is ideal to replace your toothbrush every three months, as they lose their effectiveness with each wash. After use, the toothbrush becomes deformed and loses its ability to clean the teeth. Many people put off replacing this instrument; at the beginning of 2022 you can buy a family pack and label them with the start and the end of dates of use so that you know when it’s time to change them.
Start Using Dental Floss
Food can get stuck in the spaces between your teeth. If left unattended, the accumulation of bacterial plaque can cause dental problems, especially gum disease, bleeding and, in extreme cases, tooth loss as a consequence. The recommendation is to floss at least once a day to maintain a clean teeth, gently sliding it in a zigzag motion; If you’re wondering when is the best time to use dental floss, you can do it at night to prevent plaque from settling while you sleep.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Replacing the consumption of sugar, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and wine, with water, and maintaining a balanced diet (rich in vegetables and calcium) will help keep your teeth strong and healthy. It is also recommended to avoid highly acidic food that can damage the teeth’s enamel.
Use Dental Guards
If you do contact sports (like rugby, wrestling, boxing, and American football), cycling, or motorcycling, wear dental guards to prevent trauma to your teeth in case of an injury. Now, if you suffer from nocturnal bruxism (unconsciously grinding or rubbing your teeth at night) it is important to use a dental guard to prevent the tooth’s enamel from wearing out and the gums from becoming inflamed.
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Explore Your Mouth Frequently
Sometimes we brush our teeth in a hurry, without looking in the mirror or taking time to see our gums. It is important to take a look at your lips, palate, inside of the cheeks, tongue, and gums for minor wounds, ulcers, lumps, plaques or strange colors that appear for no apparent reason to detect the beginning of different oral problems.
Remember: Self-examination does not replace a regular visit to the dentist, it is only a precautionary measure to avoid oral diseases. At any warning sign, contact your specialist and schedule a consultation.
At The Dental District, we want 2022 to be a year of good health and success for our readers. If you can maintain the habits that we mentioned before, you will see the long-term benefits. Contact us or call today (858) 832 – 4027 to schedule your first appointment of the new year. Smile confidently again!