While this year has been far from ordinary, we hope that you will make your dental health a priority for 2021. Improving your dental health can make 2021 a year filled with smiles and free of oral pain. If you’re ready to take a bite out of your dental issues and get back on the path of improved oral health, we have some simple suggestions for you. As we count down to the new year, we hope we can count on you to take better care of your dental health.
1. Don’t Skip Dental Cleanings
When was your last dental cleaning? If it’s been more than six months, it’s time to make an appointment to see us. Dental cleanings can help improve your confidence and reduce unsightly plaque and discoloration. Having your teeth professionally cleaned also reduces your risk for gum disease and improves your breath.
2. Avoid Unhealthy Eating Habits
Whether it’s red wine, chewy candy, or coffee, consider cutting back on unhealthy dietary habits that harm your teeth. Instead, opt for healthier habits like eating more crunchy fruits like apples and drinking more water. Replacing bad habits with better habits is an excellent way to increase the longevity of your teeth and reduce future dental bills.
3. Commit to Brushing More Often
If you’re a once-per-day brusher, add in one more brushing session. This additional session can be in the morning, after meals, or immediately after you eat something sugary.
4. Consider Improving the Appearance of your Smile
If you don’t feel confident when you smile, it’s a great time to consider braces, teeth whitening, crowns, or bridges. Beginning the new year with newfound confidence will give you the momentum to accomplish all you have your heart set on.
5. Begin Flossing (Again)
You expected this one, right? Flossing is one of the most important dental routines a person can have. Flossing before bedtime removes unwanted bacteria and food residue that can lead to cavities, dental pain, and bad breath. Put your floss by your sink as a reminder to floss every night.
6. Quit Smoking or Chewing
Vaping, smoking, and chewing tobacco rob too many of our patients of their health. Quitting doesn’t just make you feel better, it can lengthen your lifespan. Consider putting all your tobacco product money in a jar to treat yourself at the end of the year.
7. Stop Putting Off Your Dental Exam and Dental Work
Delaying your dental exam can turn a small problem into a major issue. Whether you have dental anxiety, long-term pain, or just haven’t had an exam in a while, we can help. Our family practice provides patients of all ages with caring, compassionate services. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have to ease your mind.
2021: A Year for Your Never-Ending Smile
Make an appointment and begin 2021 with peace of mind and a new outlook on your oral health. You deserve a healthy mouth and a reason to smile. Starting a healthy dental routine now will have an effect that lasts a lifetime.
If you have any questions, our friendly reception staff is happy to answer them. In the meantime, have a happy new year!
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