If you are like most Americans, you are making a New Year’s resolution – or two or three! – for 2018. Unfortunately, most of us slide pretty quickly on our resolutions.
Here’s one resolution that makes sense, is achievable and fairly easy to accomplish: Taking better care of your teeth and gums!
Here are our top 5 tips to improve your oral health this year:
Come In for a Cleaning and Examination
How long has it been since you have been seen by a dentist? One of the most important steps to good oral health is to see a dentist regularly. Even if your teeth feel and look fine, there may be other problems like bleeding gums or the beginning of periodontal disease that you are overlooking. Call us this month to make an appointment at your convenience.
The amount of sugar you consume is directly linked to the amount of tooth decay you may have. Reduce or eliminate sugary drinks and treats. When you crave something sweet, reach for sugar-free gum instead, and trade flavored seltzer water for soda.
Don’t Cheat on Flossing
Flossing is for every day, not just when you are prepping for a dental visit! Even if you diligently brush your teeth twice a day, damaging plaque can still build up on your teeth in those hard-to-reach crevices. Dental floss isn’t just for the bathroom – place some on your home and work desks to remind you to floss daily.
Stop Using Tobacco Products
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that smoking doubles your risk for gum disease. And smokeless tobacco is just as bad because the harmful chemicals stay in direct contact with your teeth and gums for longer periods of time. It’s not easy to quit but you can do it! Ask for help from family and friends, and talk to your doctor about any aids that may be available for you. Visit the CDC I’m Ready To Quit website for more valuable tips.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.