Many of us will soon be making our resolutions for the new year. Although those resolutions tend to be focused on losing weight, exercising more and getting organized, our team at Cottonwood Dental wants you to consider focusing on creating a healthy mouth in 2022!
New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Mouth
Having a healthy mouth is about more than simply keeping bacteria under control and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
According to the American Dental Association, oral health conditions like periodontal disease can be an indicator of cardiovascular problems down the road, including heart disease. Therefore, it is important to keep your mouth as healthy as possible for more than just a bright, white smile.
Let’s take a look at ways you can get started on your resolution to develop a healthy smile in the new year:
First, you want to make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Since brushing your teeth is one of the best things you can do in order to keep your mouth free from bacteria, brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed can help ensure you are keeping your mouth free of debris that could cause tooth decay.
You also want to make sure that you do not forget to brush your tongue when brushing your teeth as it can help to prevent bacteria and eliminate bad breath.
Along with brushing your teeth, you want to floss at least once a day, too. Flossing helps rid your mouth of the debris and bacteria your toothbrush cannot get to, such as in between your teeth and along the gum line.
Finally, you want to make sure you have regular dental cleanings since these professional cleanings can help to remove buildup plaque and catch any mouth issues early, like cavities and gum disease. Go ahead and get your two cleanings on your calendar for the new year now!
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