With New Year’s approaching, you have probably already been thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Many are thinking about resolving to save money or to get a better job. You may even be setting goals about living a healthier lifestyle in the New Year. So why not make one of your New Year’s resolutions around improving your dental health?
Many of your healthy resolutions are great for keeping your body and your teeth healthy, but which ones are worth aiming for?
Here are just a few ways you can live a healthier lifestyle that will give you a beautiful smile along with it.
Keeping Up With Brushing And Flossing
This one is pretty straight forward, but not many people actually brush and floss as much as they should. Brushing and flossing are great for protecting your teeth from decay, and gum disease. With all that bacteria it keeps away, you’ll not only have a brighter smile, but you’ll feel healthier too.
Eat A Healthier Diet
What you eat not only effects your physical health, but your oral health too. Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system and increase your susceptibility to oral disorders such as gum disease. Just by adding a few fruits and vegetables to your diet, you can boost your immune system to 100% efficiency and keep sickness at bay.
Limit Your Alcohol
You’re probably not too excited to see this one, but hear us out! Though alcohol is completely fine in small amounts, excessive drinking can take a major toll on your body including your oral health. Those who drink excessively have an increased chance of gum recession and are less likely to care for their bodies or teeth. Don’t worry, you can still have a little champagne to toast the New Year with.
Quit Smoking Or Using Other Tobacco Products
We know that quitting is often easier said than done, but it is worth the effort. Tobacco is especially bad for your oral health in a number of ways including tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease, and throat, lung, and oral cancer. Smokers are also twice more likely to lose their teeth than a non-smoker.
Commit To Seeing Your Dentist Regularly
Again this is pretty straight forward, but many people do not visit their dentist nearly enough. Going to the dentist only when you have an emergency isn’t how it should be. In fact, visiting your dentist more regularly will probably prevent the emergency in the first place. Just by seeing your dentist twice a year can easily prevent a lot of oral damage and expensive treatment in the long run.