New Year, new you! Five New Year’s resolutions to improve your oral health

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December 22nd, 2019

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When it comes to your New Year’s resolutions, don’t bite off more than you can chew!

Instead, sink your teeth into these simple oral health goals.

Oral Health Resolutions:

  1. Replace your toothbrush. Your toothbrush (or brush head for electric brushes) should be replaced about once every three months or when the bristles start to look faded or frayed.
  2. Brush up on your flossing routine. If traditional floss has never helped you stick with the habit, let the new year encourage you to try new things. There are many floss alternatives, like floss pics, water flossers, air flossers or interdental brushes. Once you find a tool that works for you, stick to it and floss once every day.
  3. Freshen up your diet with fruits and vegetables. Fitness or weight loss are common New Year's resolutions, but a healthier diet also has positive outcomes for your oral health. Fruits and veggies contain tons of vitamins that are great for your teeth and gums. Try to cut some of your favorite sugary or starchy snacks from your diet to help prevent enamel damage or tooth decay.
  4. Drink more water. Put down the iced coffee and ditch the soda— your teeth will thank you. Water is great for overall health, but it also works to keep your mouth clean. Increasing your water intake will help wash away any sugar or food that can get stuck on and around your teeth.
  5. Be consistent and stick with the basics. Continue to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, and floss once per day. Now that the busy holiday season is coming to a close, be sure to schedule your first dentist visit of 2020!

Best of luck on your goals, and cheers to the New Year! 🥂