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Smile! 4 Oral Health Resolutions for the New Year

January 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — myavenue @ 4:58 pm
woman celebrating the new year with oral health resolutions

Over the last few years, you may have found it difficult to keep smiling through all the chaos and struggles. Perhaps your smile itself has had some problems.

But it’s a brand-new year! It’s the perfect opportunity to begin fresh, start healthier habits, and have a strong smile, no matter what comes next. Keep reading to learn four oral health resolutions you can make and keep this new year!

Flossing Daily

If you already brush your teeth twice every day, that’s wonderful! However, it isn’t enough to get rid of all the plaque in your mouth. In fact, brushing leaves a significant portion of your teeth untouched.

The surfaces between your teeth are difficult to reach with your toothbrush alone, which is why you need to floss your teeth at least once per day. This little habit can make a huge difference and keep your teeth free from damaging plaque.

Cutting Back on Sugar and Carbs

You probably already know that candy is bad for your teeth. However, any foods that contain sugar or are high in carbohydrates pose a threat to your smile. Bread, chips, crackers, cookies, and other baked goods break down similar to sugar and feed harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Even dried fruit can stick to teeth and increase your chances of developing tooth decay. By being careful about the food you eat, you can avoid cavities, gum disease, and many other oral issues. Plus, it could help you lose any excess weight you may want to shed!

If you’re craving something sweet, consider indulging in fresh fruit or dark chocolate, which are less damaging on your teeth and gums.

Drinking More Water

In addition to adjusting your diet, you can make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day. Not only is water beneficial for your heart and other organs, but it plays an important role in the mouth.

Sips of this sugar-free beverage help to rinse little pieces of food and plaque from your teeth. It also neutralizes the acids that erode tooth enamel.

Visiting the Dentist Regularly

You don’t have to manage your oral health alone. In fact, you can’t! Brushing and flossing at home aren’t enough to keep oral health problems away.

As a result, you need to visit with your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. This appointment may feel unnecessary or routine, but it allows your dentist to find issues before they progress and cause you pain.

Ultimately, although you don’t know what this year will hold, you can be ready to face both good and bad with a healthy smile. Just implement these simple habits in to your lifestyle!

About the Practice

At Avenue Dental, our dentists, Dr. Joyce Wong and Dr. Stella Caballero, have the advanced training and clinical experience to handle restorative work and repair damaged teeth. However, we would prefer to help patients avoid oral problems altogether through our preventive services. If it has been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, you can request an appointment at Avenue Dental through our website or by calling one of our offices in Austin.

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