It’s hard to believe, but December is here! Soon enough, we’ll flip the calendar to a brand-new year. For many of us, the new year means new resolutions to eat healthier or exercise more. But those healthy resolutions could also include your teeth.
We have a few suggestions for goals you can add to your 2021 resolution list with “The Best Health Resolutions You Can Make for Your Teeth”!
Resolution 1: Brush Your Teeth Before Bedtime
This one’s simple enough, but most of us have skipped our nightly brushing at one time or another! It’s a bad habit, though, and one worth resolving to eliminate.
Dental experts recommend brushing your teeth twice daily, but it’s extra important not to skip the nightly brushing. That brushing allows you to get the germs and plaque that accumulated during the day off your teeth.
Resolution 2: Start Flossing
OK, so maybe you’re a regular flosser already.
That’s great! But many of us aren’t. While regular brushing is an essential habit for your teeth, flossing also plays an important role in protecting your teeth and gums. Brushing can’t get to all the surfaces of your teeth, so flossing hits the surfaces that aren’t visible, removing plaque and reducing inflammation.
Resolution 3: See the Dentist Regularly
Just like you need to see your primary care provider regularly even if you’re feeling well, it’s also important to see your dentist.
Twice-yearly dental checkups provide an opportunity to have your teeth and gums cleaned and carefully examined. These cleanings are an added layer of protection for your oral health since they clear away debris and plaque that are stuck on your teeth despite regular brushing and flossing.
During your dental checkups, you can also talk with your doctor about any teeth- or gum-related issues you’re having and potentially stop problems before they start.
Resolution 4: Drink More Water
What does water have to do with your teeth? Well, staying hydrated benefits your whole body.
But drinking water also benefits your teeth in other ways, helping to wash off the sticky or acidic residue in between brushings. So, drink up!