4 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Teeth

4 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Teeth
Posted on 01/24/2018
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Many people may choose to begin a healthier lifestyle by eating better or going to the gym. But improving your oral health is often underestimated. Taking care of your teeth and maintaining good oral health helps to keep the rest of your body healthy too. It reduces the risk of dental infection or gum inflammation and gingivitis, which has been linked to heart disease and many other health problems. If you’re not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be, consider some of these resolutions for taking care of your smile.

Eat Healthier & Cut The Sugar

You don’t need to completely transform your diet from day one, but instead try to make it a gradual change where you introduce some healthier foods into your daily meals. Healthier foods like fruits and vegetables are often full of essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body healthy while also strengthening your teeth. For example, eating more leafy greens like kale or spinach will give you more calcium, which is essential for building up tooth enamel, and more vitamin B while will help prevent gum disease. A few other things you can work into your diet are calcium-rich dairy products like cheese or yogurt. Vegetables with a lot of fiber such as carrots or broccoli naturally clean your teeth while you eat them. 

Just like adding healthy foods into your diet can help your teeth, leaving unhealthy foods out can help in the same way. When sugar comes into contact with your teeth, it turns into acid that will start eating away at the enamel. By cutting out or reducing the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis, you will be protecting your teeth from that decay. Even things like high fructose corn syrup that you find in sodas and other foods still count as sugar and can even harm your teeth more than normal sugar. 

Stop Smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products wreak havoc on not just your lungs, but your teeth as well. Both tobacco and smoke stain your teeth and make them look yellow, with the stains sticking deep in your enamel so you can’t brush them away. If you would prefer a white smile, the best thing you can do is cut out the tobacco or cigarettes all together. While it can be a difficult habit to break that takes a lot of perseverance, your body and your teeth will benefit in both the short and long term. 

Floss More

While brushing is second nature for many, flossing is the next step that most people forget about or just opt to not include in their daily oral hygiene routine. However, it is one of the most essential processes to maintain a healthy mouth. Even if your toothbrush has extra fine bristles, there are still places that your brush won’t be able to reach, leaving damaging bacteria and plaque behind. Without flossing, your teeth will look clean on the surface, but may decay in the spaces that you can’t see.  This year, take the extra minute or two during your routine to floss and you’ll be able to keep tooth decay at bay.

Schedule Visits To Your Orthodontist & Dentist

Even with a great oral hygiene routine at home, getting a professional cleaning at your dentist and having regular check ups with an orthodontist is essential. The dentist will be able to remove any built up plaque, treat cavities, or create a plan to fight any early signs on onsetting gum disease. At your orthodontic visit, Dr. Gonzalez can diagnose developing orthodontic problems with your bite and treat them before they become bigger ones. He is also trained in treating sleep apnea, which can affect blood pressure and many other general health conditions. Contact us at the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez (210.344.9295) to get your orthodontic appointment scheduled for 2018!