Ah, New Year’s resolutions. Those small commitments to self-improvement intended to help us live better and feel better about ourselves. But as 88% go unmet, they more often leave us even less healthy, wealthy and confident. Here are a few you can actually keep, yielding a shiny smile and inviting breath that give you the confidence to dominate 2017.
1. Be the boss of floss.
We know it’s tough. Most of our patients would rather clean their toilets than floss every day. But despite the recent debate, daily flossing remains critical to sound oral health, preventing tooth-damaging gum disease while fostering minty fresh breath.
2. Brush twice per day—correctly!
You already know that brushing at least twice daily is the foundation of great dental health. And you’re (hopefully) already doing it. But are you doing so properly? The bristles of your toothbrush should meet your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gumline while you make a circular motion to remove plaque most effectively.
In 2017, commit not just to brushing but to attentive brushing. And while you’re at it, be sure to switch out your ADA-approved toothbrush every three months.
3. Keep up your calcium intake.
Calcium is the cement that holds your teeth and bones together, so it’s important to incorporate plenty into your diet. But unfortunately, over 86% of teenage girls and 64% of teenage boys in the United States are calcium deficient. When you make your weekly grocery run, make sure to include cheese, yogurt and milk or calcium-fortified orange juice. Commit to consuming your recommended milligram volume each day. Decades from now, your teeth will thank you for it.
Looking to satisfy that mid-afternoon sugar craving without harming your teeth? Fred Joyal from Futuredontics recommends chewing gum with Xylitol. It offers a quick hit of sweet flavor and helps fight cavities, too!
4. Cut the soda.
Sugary foods and drinks act as acid that erodes your tooth enamel. Substituting soft drinks for water or milk—calcium!—will not only keep your teeth healthy; it’ll also keep your breath fresh and provide myriad other health benefits.
5. Visit us twice in 2017.
The the daily practices above are pivotal to your oral health, but biannual dental checkups are also a critical preventative measure, allowing us to catch any dental issues early and act when treatment is more simple and affordable.
If you’ve yet to do so, give us a call to line up the year’s first visit. We’re eager to get you on the schedule!
From the whole squad at Woodall & McNeill, may your 2017 be filled with joy, health and the best smile on the block!