The new year is always a fresh slate and a great opportunity to make new, realistic habits. Are you ready to make some resolutions or better oral health? We’ve got 3 simple and easy resolutions you can make that will make an impact on your oral health!
Use Toothpaste with Fluoride
One of the most effective changes you can make is from a toothpaste without fluoride to one with fluoride. There is almost no more effort needed from you for more effective results! Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps build and rebuild your hard enamel protecting your teeth. Regularly brushing with fluoride reduces your risk of tooth decay.
Brush and Floss Twice Daily
This is classic oral health advice that you’ll hear from us often. The best way to care for your teeth is to regularly maintain them. Carve out 5 min twice a day to brush thoroughly for 2 whole minutes, and floss between all your teeth. If you haven’t ever been taught, here’s a thorough explanation for how to care for your teeth well. Not sure you’re doing it right? Ask your hygienist or dentist to check your form at your next appointment.
Avoid Dry Mouth
Saliva has such an important role in our oral health. Saliva works to: remineralize your teeth, clear away bacteria and food debris, heal wounds, and ease pain. Some medications or dehydration can reduce your saliva production. If you’re struggling with dry mouth, take steps to change it! Ask your doctor if it is possible switch up medications if dry mouth is a side effect. Commit to drinking more water on a regular basis. After meals chew gum to freshen your breath and increase saliva production to help clear food from your mouth and between your teeth.
Of course, there are many ways you can take control of your oral health. If you already have these down, consider discussing with your dentist or hygienist whether there’s something more you personally can do. For this blog, we wanted to keep it simple and focus on three easy resolutions that can improve anyone’s oral health. If you have any questions about these recommendations or something else, please reach out. We love being a part of educating our patients about their oral health.