It’s the time of year when people everywhere make New Year’s resolutions. Those resolutions may range from silly to serious, but regardless, the goal is to make changes. Many of these resolutions have something to do with our health. So, be sure to think about your dental health, too.  Make healthier teeth your goal.  As a bonus, some resolutions to improve dental health also improve your overall health.

10 Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

  1. Healthy TeethFloss every day- You should floss two times a day. But if you are not flossing, resolving to floss once daily is better than nothing. There are several types of floss available, so finding one you are comfortable with will help. If you need some insight on the best floss for your teeth, talk to your Bridge Street Dental Center hygienist.
  2. Eat healthy – You need to eat a balanced diet for healthy, whiter teeth. Choose foods that are calcium-rich, high in vitamins A, D, and E, and low in sugar. These foods are good at preventing cavities and building strong teeth and gums but are also helpful for developing a healthier body.
  3. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes. – You need to brush your teeth a minimum of twice daily, for at least two minutes each time. Consider using a timer, listening to a song that meets the time frame, or finding another way to help you meet the goal.
  4. Stop Smoking. – If you have a nicotine habit, make 2024 the year you quit. Not only will quitting smoking benefit your teeth, but additional health improvements make it one of the best changes you can make.
  5. Drink more water. – The more water you drink, the healthier your teeth. Water helps wash harmful bacteria away from your teeth, lowering the risk of cavities and bad breath.
  6. Use mouthwash. – Using mouthwash doesn’t replace brushing or flossing. But it is a great way to prevent plaque buildup. When choosing a mouthwash, opt for one that contains fluoride, as this will also help strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
  7. Get a tongue scraper. – These tools are great for removing bacteria from your teeth. This helps keep cavities away and gets rid of bad breath.
  8. Don’t skip your dentist appointments. – Be sure you are seeing the dentist at least twice a year. Biannual cleanings ensure that tartar buildup and plaque are removed. Also, regular visits let your dentist track any issues and treat them before they become major problems like gingivitis or the need for a root canal.
  9. Cut back on alcohol consumption. – No, you don’t have to give it up completely. The occasional drink isn’t going to destroy your teeth. However, consuming four or more drinks in one sitting has a higher chance of gum recession. Also, certain types of alcohol can cause tooth staining.
  10. Take action toward the smile you have always wanted. Whether correcting an overbite or crooked tooth, getting veneers, or whitening teeth, now is the perfect time to talk to our team. We would love to help you get the smile you have been thinking about.

While implementing these resolutions would be great, just making a few of them is an excellent place to start. If you have any questions about how to get started on the road to healthier teeth and a brighter smile, reach out to the Bridge Street Dental Center. We are here to help.