As the year quickly wraps up with holiday festivities and a bow on top, now’s the time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolution! For years on end you’ve made resolutions for the year, and maybe you’ve stuck to some if only for a couple of months. However, with most resolutions you never follow through. Let’s change that this year. From us to you, we want one of your New Year’s resolutions to be simple – take care of your teeth! Make this the year you follow through on a resolution by taking better care of your teeth and gums using the following five tips.
Changing your diet may have once been its own New Year’s resolution. However, it’s important to eat healthier for the sake of your teeth.
One of the biggest problems our teeth face daily is sugar. Sugar and plaque work in tandem to erode your teeth, something nobody wants or likes to go through. Fortunately, you control what you eat. It doesn’t take much work from you to look at the Nutritional Facts and steer away from foods with high sugar concentrations. During your next trip to the store, fill up your grocery cart with more orally healthy foods including dairy products and fibrous foods � perfect for promoting salivation and scrubbing away plaque.
As part of your New Year’s resolution to take care of your teeth, you’ve got to start flossing! When you visit your dentist and they ask you if you’ve been flossing, it’s hard to trick them that you have been if you really haven’t.
While there are studies circulating stating that flossing isn’t necessary for a healthy mouth, we’re here to tell you this. Brushing only gets 3 out of 5 sides of your teeth, no matter how you look at it. There’s no way the bristles on a toothbrush can clean in between teeth thoroughly. That’s why you may still have gunk or food chunks lodged between your teeth even after you brushed your teeth. Flossing is the only way you’re leaving the bathroom in the morning with a clean, healthy set of teeth.
Flossing isn’t hard either! With the right technique, flossing takes less than a minute, you won’t have bleeding gums and you’ll notice how clean your teeth feel as you start your day.
Stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders are problems you may face time and time again. Oftentimes stress is the cause of teeth grinding. This can lead to an abnormal bite, sensitive teeth and headaches. Grinding your teeth will flatten their surfaces, making it harder to chew some foods and put extra pressure onto your jaw causing dull headaches.