A new year means a fresh start and with 2016 just around the corner you may have started planning out your goals for the next year. At Plainfield Dental Care, we want 2016 to be the best year for you and your oral health. Here are five new year’s resolutions to consider this year.
Brushing and flossing daily is vital for oral health. During the day, plaque from bacteria builds up on the teeth. The plaque from bacteria secrete acids that over time weaken the teeth and promote tooth decay. We recommend that you brush for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. This will help keep harmful bacteria and plaque at bay, freshen breath, and whiten your smile.
Make Water Your Beverage of Choice
The benefits that proper hydration has for your body are just as true for your teeth. A healthy mouth should be non-acidic, or neutral with a pH of 7.0 or above. Acidity weakens the teeth, and minimizing the amount of contact your teeth have with acidity will promote a healthier mouth. Drink water with meals to rinse harmful foods from the surface of your teeth and rebalance the pH of your mouth. Sipping on water instead of juice or coffee between meals will hydrate the mouth tissue and keep acidity at a normal level.
Avoid Processed Foods
The food you fuel your body with reflects directly on your oral health. Processed foods are high in sugar and starch, which turn into harmful sugar more quickly than whole foods. Sugar makes the mouth more acidic, accelerating decay. Try replacing processed foods with whole foods such as fruits, veggies, and grains. These foods have more fiber and crunch, naturally cleansing your teeth as you eat.
Quit Using Tobacco Products
Tobacco can cause cavities, tooth discoloration, gum recession, gum disease, and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers. Giving up tobacco products will substantially improve your health and reduce the chance of tooth loss.
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
Six months seems like a short time, but a lot can change with your teeth in that time. Getting your teeth professionally cleaned will remove tartar buildup that cannot be removed at home. In addition, going in for regular check-ups will ensure your dentist will catch any dental problems you may have early on. Seeing your dentist at least twice a year will make certain you and your mouth are happy and healthy.
This year make your oral health a priority. Improve your diet, keep yourself hydrated, give up tobacco, and keep your teeth clean. If you are ready for a biannual check-up, give Plainfield Dental Care a call and make an appointment. We would love to help get you on the right track for 2016!
Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.
13621 S Route 59 Unit 103
Plainfield, IL 60544