New Year’s Tips for Better Dental Hygiene
The New Year is right around the corner, and making resolutions is a popular activity for many of us.
Unfortunately, resolutions can be hard to keep, as most people end up breaking them by spring. That’s why setting realistic resolutions with concrete plans of action are best for achieving results that actually last for the whole year—and beyond!
A good tip to set attainable New Year’s resolutions is to focus on small things, such as curbing bad oral hygiene habits and picking up new habits for a healthier smile.
Oral hygiene is essential for both a beautiful smile and better overall health as well; but all too often oral hygiene gets overlooked because of our hectic lives.
Your local Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental has you covered. Read below for five simple tips you can start doing right on January 1st for healthy amazing-looking teeth.
1. Change Your Toothbrush Every 3-6 Months
Changing your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for good oral hygiene. Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush start to wear down and become frayed, rendering them less effective at cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, crucial for preventing cavities and tooth decay.
Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford recommends changing your toothbrush at least two to four times a year. Thankfully, New Year’s is a perfect time to set a schedule for changing your brush, because then you know to time your brush changes relative to the calendar of the month for each change of season, for example.
So make sure to bust out toothbrushes as a great stocking stuffer!
2. Floss Regularly
Everybody knows how important flossing is but the reality is that until the habit starts to sink in, it can certainly be challenging task to complete every day.
Flossing is the number one best way to help ensure a healthy smile not just because of how effective it is at removing plaque and bacteria between your teeth, but because of the room for improvement it represents in so many people’s daily hygiene routines.
Set small goals for yourself. Instead of thinking about how you have to commit to flossing every day for a whole year, commit to flossing every day for the first week of January. You’ll see how easy and quickly it can be done, and with that satisfaction, you can then tackle a whole month!
Soon it will become such a normal part of your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever went so many days when you were younger without flossing!
3. Healthier Diet
Eating healthier and cutting back on sugar goes a long way towards fighting gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. In fact, studies have shown there is a direct relationship between the amount of sugar one consumes and the amount of tooth decay they are likely to endure.
Start your New Year off right by committing to more days a week that you can set aside for healthier meals. Try to incorporate as much dairy into your diet as possible—calcium makes teeth stronger. High-fibre foods have also been proven to help clearing up plaque and food debris.
4. Quit Smoking
Kicking the habit and quitting smoking is the single best health measure you can take. Aside from significantly reducing your risk of cancer, there are huge benefits for your oral health as well. Quitting smoking cuts your risk of gum disease in half.
Try to find some alternative habits to keep your mind busy and preoccupied throughout the day as you prepare to leave smoking behind for good this New Year’s, and speak to a general practitioner if it helps.
5. Set a Schedule
Some people think that flossing or changing your diet are the most difficult New Year’s resolutions you can make. In fact, simply drafting a schedule you can stick to in order to keep your newfound habits may be the biggest challenge, since after making a schedule, it’s all downhill from there!
Make sure to see a dentist at least every six months for proper cleaning. Routine care is the most effective way of keeping your teeth clean and preemptively protecting yourself from cavities and gum diseases.
New Year’s Dental Checkups at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford
Get your New Year’s dental-cleaning routine off to a crisp start by scheduling your next dental checkup at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. We help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and your regular schedule on point, with flexible availability, schedule reminders and more.
Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online for a healthier smile for the New Year!