With the New Year upon us, many people are resolving to make changes to better their health. Dental health is an important component of whole health and simple changes can be made to improve your smile this year.
• Eat more fruits and vegetables – Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables help your body reduce inflammation and can help your immune system fight infections.
• Reduce the amount of sugary beverages you consume – Cutting back on soda or sugar in your coffee or tea can greatly reduce your risk for developing cavities.
• Quit smoking or using tobacco products – Tobacco use can cause discoloration of the teeth, cavities, gum recession, throat, lung and oral cancer. In fact, people who smoke are two times more likely to lose teeth than non-smokers.
• Brush twice a day and floss once per day – Using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride can help prevent cavities and keep your gums healthy. There is no substitute for great oral hygiene as part of your daily routine.
• See your dentist for checkups – Regular dental visits can identify problems before they cause pain or require extensive treatment. Your dentist can also suggest preventative measures to avoid dental disease.
This year, we hope all of our patients resolve to improve their dental health by making some simple changes. We wish all of our patients a happy and healthy New Year!