10 Ways to Have a Healthier Smile in 2015

A New Year’s Resolution for the Whole Family

If you’ve been wanting a healthier, brighter smile, now is the perfect time of year to make a change. Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, so why not make one of your own to get that smile into great shape? It’s easier than you think, and you can do it with the whole family. Here are seven ways to have better oral health in 2015!

  1. Get up to date on your dental checkups. One of the best things you can do for your oral health is to see the dentist every six months. If it’s been more than half a year, pick up the phone, and make an appointment today!

  2. Make flossing a daily habit. Brushing without flossing is like taking a bath and washing only 60% of your body. Get your teeth 100% clean by flossing once and brushing at least twice per day.

  3. Go easy on the sour stuff. Don’t overdo it on foods like pickles, vinegar, and lemons. The acids in sour or citrus foods can eat away at enamel, making it easier for stains to sink in, and cavities to grow.

  4. Drink smart for whiter teeth. Some of your favorite drinks could be staining your teeth. Nobody’s telling you to give up coffee, tea, or red wine. But when you do drink them, swallow quickly and swish with water afterwards. Using a straw is another way to keep liquids off the teeth.

  5. Make sugar a rare treat. If you have a daily habit of eating sweets or drinking sugary sodas, it’s time to make a change. Bacteria in your mouth will feed on sugar, turning it into acids that wear away tooth enamel. So ditch the sweets for stronger, healthier teeth.

  6. Throw away the smokes. Tobacco use stains the teeth, hurts your gums, causes bad breath, and can even lead to mouth and tongue cancers. Do your body and smile a favor, and get serious about quitting today.

  7. Use the right kind of toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens teeth and helps prevent cavities, so make sure it’s an ingredient in your toothpaste. There are also many different kinds of fluoride toothpastes, including whitening toothpastes, fruity toothpastes for kids, and toothpastes for sensitive teeth. Brush smarter by choosing a toothpaste that meets your needs exactly.

  1. Get the right kind of toothbrush. Buy a soft-bristled brush made from nylon, and use it for about three months. Once the bristles start to bend, it’s time for a new one. Also, make sure a toothbrush is the right size. Children need kid-sized brushes that are small enough to fit in their little mouths.

  2. Eat for oral health. Your teeth and gums need calcium and vitamins C, D, A, etc. Eat healthy foods that are tooth-friendly…haven’t written this yet.

  3. Brush after meals. Although most kids won’t be able to brush more than two times per day, adults should try to brush three times per day, or after every meal. This way, food can’t stick around and feed cavity-causing bacteria

Making a resolution to have better oral health is a great way to start the year off! There will be plenty to smile about in 2015, so let’s get those pearly whites looking and feeling fabulous. Here’s to healthy smiles and a very happy new year!

 

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