As we bid farewell to 2017 and prepare for a new beginning in 2018, our list of New Years resolutions continues to grow. Improving your oral health is a big item to add to the list! Big resolutions are difficult to maintain, but we have the tips to breakdown this big resolution into bite-sized details to help make it more attainable. Here are the smaller resolutions to try, as well as preparation ideas to make sure you’re ready to go come Jan 1st.
Resolution #1: Floss once per day
We’ve written a number of blog posts about flossing and why it’s important, but it never hurts to emphasize that flossing once a day is one of the best things that you can do for the health of your teeth and gums. Check out more in our post on preventing gum disease.
2017 Prep: Ensure that you’re stocked up on dental floss. Make sure that flossing will be at the top of your mind by storing the floss in a visible area by your toothbrush and toothpaste.
Resolution #2: Go for regular dentist visits
Going to the dentist regularly is crucial for oral hygiene and illness prevention. Check out an in-depth summary of the importance of regular dentist visits here.
2017 Prep: If you haven’t already scheduled your next appointment, call your dentist office to schedule one for the new year.
Resolution #3: Minimize teeth discolouration from foods and drinks
While getting regular cleanings will help combat the effects of teeth discolouration, you can get longer lasting white teeth through prevention techniques. It doesn’t have to mean completely abstaining from foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth. Check out this post for an in-depth overview of prevention and treatment ideas for teeth discolouration.
2017 Prep: Purchase straws and put them in the kitchen to be readily available for when you’ll be drinking teeth-staining liquids (including coffee, tea, or red wine). For staining foods, you can minimize discolouration by drinking water after you’ve finished eating.
Happy new year everyone, and best of luck for keeping those resolutions!