Individuals who are serious about optimizing overall health should know that taking care of their teeth is a wonderful way to realize the goal. Conversely, a lack of oral hygiene can detract from overall health. For example, Mayo Clinic notes that poor dental hygiene can contribute to various conditions, including cardiovascular disease. With these realities in mind, it’s a good idea to make dental resolutions that will contribute to a healthy New Year. Here are three simple resolutions that you should implement:
1. Brush And Floss Twice Daily.
Although brushing and flossing daily might seem like an obvious dental practice that everyone does, this is not the case. As reported by the American Dental Association (ADA), 30% of Americans don’t brush their teeth enough. Additionally, 20% of Americans never floss, and four out of 10 Americans do so just once a day. If you’re a part of these statistics, now is the time to jump on the brush/floss bandwagon! If you need information and advice regarding how to brush and floss correctly, refer to “Brush up on brushing and flossing techniques.”
2. Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned Once Annually.
In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, make sure that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once annually. This practice will keep your pearly whites in excellent condition while also enabling the dentist to complete early detection practices which help identify and eliminate any issues that might cause you big problems later on.
3. Optimize Your Diet.
One final strategy that can work wonders for your oral health is optimizing your diet. Some of the foods that you should stay away from include:
• hard candy
• citrus fruits like lemon and lime
• coffee and tea
• sticky foods (such as dried fruit)
• potato chips
• alcohol consumption
• sports drinks
While the aforementioned food substances should be avoided, you should also be aware of liquids and solids that are good for the teeth. Tea, for example, helps eliminate plaque build-up. Cheese is another item known for neutralizing plaque acid. Some other foods that are good for the teeth include:
• leafy greens
Don’t Delay: Start Implementing These Dental Resolutions Today!
If you want to look and feel your best in 2017, it’s important to remember that taking good care of your teeth will enable you to realize your goal. While there are several dental resolutions that can get you on the road to optimized oral health, the three strategies listed above can be particularly beneficial.