2019 is going by fast. There’s still time to make your New Year’s resolutions, however. This time around, why not add keeping your teeth and gums healthy to the list? One way to do that is to see your dentist in Clintonville for regular exams and cleanings. You should also brush and floss daily, eat a smart diet, and steer clear of tobacco.
The Basics of Brushing Your Teeth
A healthy structure rests on a sound foundation. When it comes to keeping your teeth in top shape, that foundation is your humble toothbrush. Not only should you brush 2-3 times a day, you should also add these important tips to the mix:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a toothpaste brand with the ADA seal of acceptance.
- Cover all sides of your teeth: front, back, and chewing surfaces.
- Brush for a full two minutes. Use a timer if necessary.
- Use short, even strokes, making sure to get every tooth.
After brushing, the next step in a winning game plan is flossing.
Flossing for Success
Brushing by itself is only half the picture. Removing food particles stuck between your teeth takes flossing at least once a day.
Have trouble using floss string? Try an interdental toothbrush, which offers the same benefits and is easier for many people to hold. Or ask your dentist to recommend a brand of floss that’s right for you.
Eating to Win
You can brush and floss every day and still not give your teeth the benefits they deserve if you don’t eat right. This means more than avoiding sugars and simple starches. You should make sure you get plenty of protein, healthy unsaturated fats, vitamins, and fiber.
Here are some excellent nutritional items to add to your menu:
- Chicken or turkey breast.
- Lean cuts of beef and pork.
- Salmon or tuna.
- Reduced-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially non-starchy items.
- Seeds, nuts, and legumes.
- Whole wheat bread.
Need some recipes? You’ll find plenty of delicious ideas online.
Exercise is essential to looking and feeling your best. Most experts recommend a balanced mix of aerobic and muscle-building routines. Remember to check with your healthcare professional before starting any fitness program.
Steer Clear of Tobacco
The evidence that tobacco products and vaping devices are harmful to your body is overwhelming. This is true not only for your heart and lungs but your teeth and gums as well. Now is the time to quit.
Use these suggestions to round out your dental fitness plan:
- If you drink alcohol, then do so only in moderation.
- Get plenty of rest. Have trouble staying awake during the day? You may be dealing with sleep apnea. Your dentist can help.
- Minimize stress. Systematic relaxation, meditating, or simply taking up a relaxing hobby are all good ideas.
2019 will be over before you know it. Use the tips in this post to face the next 12 months with a smile. Come 2020, you’ll look back with justified pride at all you’ve accomplished.
About the Author
Dr. Danny Moosa brings more than 10 years of dental experience with him to our practice. Dr. Moosa earned his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry. You can reach his office online or by calling (614) 459-7766.