You want to set yourself up for success in 2021. That’s what your New Year’s resolutions are all about after all. Whether you are planning on spending an extra day at the gym each week, eating more fruits and vegetables, or trying to get enough sleep each night, you are taking steps to improve your overall wellbeing. However, you can’t forget about your smile. Continue reading for a few New Year’s resolutions from your dentist in Carlisle so that you can keep your oral health in optimal shape throughout 2021!
See Your Dentist More
Even though it is recommended that you see your dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups, approximately one third of Americans do not go to the dentist as often as they would like. There is no better time to change this up. Give your dentist a call so that you can schedule an appointment at your first convenience. Don’t forget to book your next visit before you leave the practice.
Floss More Often
Even if you are great at brushing twice a day, it still isn’t enough on its own. There is always going to be areas in your mouth that you can’t quite reach. In order to remove food particles, plaque, and harmful bacteria from hard-to-reach places, you will need to use dental floss on a regular basis. By flossing every day, you can keep the area between the teeth and beneath the gumline clean and healthy. This will significantly reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease in the future. Place a container of floss by your toothbrush and set a daily reminder on your phone so that you don’t forget.
Cut Down on the Sugar
While sweeter foods and beverages are okay on occasion, they should not be frequently consumed throughout the day. In the long run, your teeth will suffer if you don’t take it easy. Instead of buying so many sugary treats, stock up on substitutes instead. Instead of enjoying soda when you are thirsty, try sparkling water or coconut water. As opposed to eating candy throughout the day, enjoy some sugar-free gum.
Enjoy Healthy Snacks
The good news is that there are still so many delicious snacks that are great for your teeth. Dairy products have plenty of calcium and are great for keeping both your bones and teeth strong and healthy. Include milk, yogurt, and/or cheese in your diet. Apples, pears, almonds, carrots, celery, and cranberries are other great options.
Tobacco products are terrible for your whole body, and your teeth are no exception. Smoking doubles your risk of periodontal disease and is linked to oral cancer. Because this habit can be so difficult to give up, it is important that you find a healthier replacement activity. Talk to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways that you can quit for good!
In addition to your other New Year’s resolutions, work towards excellent oral health this year. Here’s to a new year full of healthy smiles!
About the Author
Dr. Thomas Neslund is an experienced dentist who has been working in the dental field for over 30 years! He earned his DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has studied extensively with the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education (SPEAR) since 2000. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Pennsylvania Dental Association. For more ways to keep your smile healthy, visit his website or call (717) 258-5455.