After the champagne is gone and the guests have left your house after another New Year’s Eve shindig, it’s time to focus on improving yourself in 2018. As you put on your pajamas and head into the bathroom, take a good look at your teeth and gums. What could you do to improve them?
According to your dentist in Columbus, by including just a few habits into your daily routine as well as finally kicking the bad ones, you’ll be guaranteed to avoid dental issues in 2018. Keep reading to learn how.
Get To Your Dentist!
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), one third of Americans don’t make it to their dentist yearly, even though the ADA recommends people see their dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Even with a strong brushing regimen, many issues can go unnoticed to the naked eye. This makes getting to your dentist in the New Year that much more important.
To help you remember this, set a reminder in your phone’s calendar on January 1st to call your dentist the next day. After you finish that appointment, make it a habit to schedule your next one before you leave. Your dentist will be sure to remind you as well.
Introduce Flossing to Your Daily Regimen
Unfortunately, brushing won’t remove all the plaque from the tiny nooks and crannies in between your teeth. If you’re not already flossing, you’ll be happy to find out you only need to do it once a day to remove any excess plaque.
To make this addition to your brushing easier, keep your floss next to your toothbrush or toothpaste. That way every time you brush, it will remind you to floss after you finish brushing. Keep a spare box of floss in your purse or pocket as well when stubborn food gets caught rubbing up against your gums.
Cut Back on Your Sugar Consumption
Just a few years ago, a study published in BMC Public Health found a direct link between the amount of sugar eaten and the amount of tooth decay that occurs in your mouth. If you want your dentist to stop telling you about the tooth decay, cutting back on your sugar intake is a good start.
To make this process easier, try swapping your sugar-filled food items with sugar-free ones. Swap soda for flavored seltzer water and chew sugar-free gum every time you have a craving for sweet foods. Foods that are high in calcium are great for your teeth and fibrous foods generate saliva, which is good for washing away plaque and food bits. Replacing sugary foods with these alternatives will only aid you in your resolution.
Kick That Smoking Habit to the Curb!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that smoking or using tobacco products doubles your risk for gum disease. Since gum disease leaves you vulnerable to a slew of other health problems, consider this the first step to improving your oral health in 2018.
Start by removing all tobacco products from your house and solicit your friends and family for support. If you’re struggling to quit on your own and want to seek advice from a professional, talk to your general practitioner to ease your addiction.
To learn more tips to better oral health in 2018, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Columbus today!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Miami University followed by his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Ohio University of College Dentistry. He is involved in many dental associations, including the ADA, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. To learn more about this practice, contact him at (614) 459-7766 or visit his website.