Re-Booting Dental Habits for the New Year

As the year winds down and makes way for the new, many of us pause and reflect on what we would like to change about our habits. This is especially true when it comes to our health. Maybe it's time to lose those 20 pounds for good. Perhaps you want to start dressing for the job you want. What about your dental habits? What is the one thing you can improve upon to have a healthier mouth for the new year?

Stop Using Tobacco Products

Want to kill two resolution birds with one stone? Stop smoking or using other smokeless tobacco products for better oral health. Not only are these products linked to cancer of the lungs, but they can also cause cancerous growths in your mouth, cheeks and gums. Even if you have tried to quit before and failed, there is no better time to try again than now. Enlist the help of your physician, dentist, friends or loved ones or even a support group for better results.

Brushing and Flossing

If you are not brushing twice a day with the right toothpaste and flossing every day, now is the time to recommit to this daily practice. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or more if your bristles are frayed, or you have been sick. Daily flossing also helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. If that's not enough reason to spend a little more time on your teeth, imagine the clear conscience you'll have when you walk in to see your dentist next time.

Go See Your Dentist

Speaking of your dentist, if it has been more than six months since you have had a professional cleaning, now is the time to schedule a visit. Routine dental care not only keeps your teeth shiny and gums healthy, but it also helps your dentist monitor any changes in your health history that may be affecting your teeth. Call today to schedule your appointment and enjoy better oral health in the new year!