A New Year's resolution is a great opportunity that many people use to establish some health goals for each year. Unfortunately, most of these goals are too lofty and completely overlook oral health.
When you consider that many Americans have some form of gum disease (such as bleeding when brushing or flossing) and don't do anything about it, you begin to understand that this is one area of oral health where action is necessary and in need of some improvement.
Establishing improved oral health goals should start with a thorough dental exam, oral cancer screening, and cleaning. Use this visit to get a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing techniques, sometimes that's all it takes to get your oral health under control.
As for going forward throughout the year, here are some basics that every member of your family should adopt:
- brush at least twice a day with a soft brush and toothpaste
- floss once daily
- limit your intake of sugar, sports drinks, and sodas
- eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
- drink an adequate amount of water.
Read more about why you get cavities or ask your dental hygienist or dentist for more tips to ensure optimal oral health!