New Years Dental Resolutions
With the new year here, many people are putting their New Year’s resolutions into full effect. Resolutions can vary from being professional goals such as making more money or getting a new job to personal goals including weight loss. One aspect of healthy living that is usually overlooked is ensuring that our teeth are kept healthy as everyone can benefit from having a brighter and healthier smile. Here at NYCCD we want to help everyone with improving their dental health this year so here are some tips on how to improve your smile and your overall health
Maintaining a healthy diet is very important in dental health as poor nutrition will have a negative effect on the immune system which will make you more susceptible to common oral diseases. Foods that contain antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables and nuts can help to protect your teeth and gums; apples and carrots can refresh your breath and clean plaque from teeth.
This habit can cause harm to your body in numerous ways such as gum recession, gum disease and multiple types of cancer. As a smoker the risk of tooth loss is doubled and the risk remains the same whether conventional tobacco or smokeless is used. There are numerous online tools, progress tracking apps, support groups and family support that can assist anyone with quitting tobacco.
Brushing and Flossing habits
This tip may seem obvious since we’ve all had our parents tell us from a young age, but how many people adhere to this guideline of brushing and flossing. Daily brushing and flossing is effective in protecting against an invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on teeth, namely plaque. The recommended actions to prevent these bacteria are to brush at least twice daily and floss once, this will not only prevent plaque buildup but will defend against bleeding gums which if untreated can lead to gingivitis.
Visits to the dentists should be every six months so that the health of your gums can be monitored and if any diseases are discovered it can be treated in an early stage. After visiting with your dentist you both can decide how often checkups should be made as the frequency depends on multiple factors such as oral health and how well the teeth are maintained at home.
To learn more about the importance of oral health, set up a consultation with the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.