It’s another new year! Whether or not you create resolutions for yourself, it’s never a bad idea to continue to improve your health and wellness – and that includes your dental health. Since a new year is a great excuse to make positive changes, here are a few new dental habits you can introduce into your daily routines!
Eat Less Sugar
It’s no secret that sugar is one of the worst things for your oral health. So why not try to cut down in 2017? It’s easiest when done incrementally, instead of cutting off all sugar right away. Try starting off small, such as using less sugar in your coffee, eating cereals without added sugar, and snacking on more fruits instead of cookies and candies. Slowly but surely, sugar cravings will start to subside and your mouth (and body) will thank you!
Clean Teeth on the Go
Life is busy. Between work, school, family, friends, hobbies, and everything in between, it can be hard to find the time to properly clean your teeth between meals. Luckily, there are options to help you when you’re unable to get home to your toothbrush. Try chewing sugarless gum after eating, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Or, if you have a spare minute, bring along a travel sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you to brush in a bathroom where available. When those are not options, look to crunchy veggies to help clean your teeth!
If you aren’t currently flossing, now is a great time to start. It helps to clean the food debris and bacteria between the tweet and above the gumline, preventing gingivitis and other oral diseases. If you’ve never flossed before, it’s ok to start slow. But aim to eventually floss every single day, as an integral part of your daily hygiene routine.
Make Regular Dental Appointments
Seeing your dentist regularly is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. If you’re not currently having cleanings and check-ups done when you should, why not start now? At Southeast Dental, we’re your partners in whole mouth health. Call today to make your appointment at our Markham Dental clinic. Happy new year!