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January 3rd, 2019

Smile-Friendly Resolutions

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So what are a few great resolutions you can make in the new year? This list mentions a few simple things you can do to improve your oral health and your overall health:

Brush your teeth properly.

First, it’s a great thing you are brushing! But also be sure you aren’t brushing way too hard, which is common, but can be avoided. Put a sticky note up in your bathroom if you need to remind yourself to brush gently in the new year!

Or, another idea: you can even get a new, soft-bristled toothbrush which will help you avoid doing damage to your gum line as you brush. If you want, consider an electric toothbrush in the new year which will also help you work against brushing too hard and accidentally doing damage to your gums.

Avoid crunching and/or chewing on ice.

Chewing ice seems harmless but it’s actually something to avoid doing in the new year. Yes, your tooth enamel is an extremely hard and durable substance, but chewing on ice can result in cracked teeth or even an injury to your gum. If you’re someone who just loves to chew on something, grab gum with Xylitol.

Get a mouthguard for that grinding habit.

Grinding your teeth doesn’t just leave your jaw and teeth sore at times, but it can also put pressure on your teeth, and then cause your gum to recede! That means even if you have otherwise great oral health habits, your gum can be receding.

It happens slowly, but nonetheless, it can be happening whether you grind your teeth during the day or at night—or if you grind your teeth around the clock.

One of the best ways you can combat any teeth grinding (whether you are aware you are doing it or not) is by getting a mouthguard from us. It can be custom fit so it’s comfortable and can be a part of your routine. With a healthier smile at this time next year, you will be glad you took this step!

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Continue wearing a mouthguard when playing physical activities.

Speaking of mouth guards, be sure that you, or your children, wear a mouthguard for sports whenever you or they are playing physical sports. That’s a great habit that doesn’t even take long to get used to.

Avoid the bedtime bottles.

Aim to avoid allowing your baby to fall asleep with a milk or juice bottle in the new year. We know that might not always be possible, but sugars in formula and other juices can cause tooth decay—even the natural sugar present in breast milk can contribute to tooth decay, especially when they fall asleep with a bottle.

Watch the cough drops (and other hard candies).

Cough drops can help fight off a sore throat, but sucking on them is not great for your teeth! Most of the time you don’t realize just how long the lozenge stays in your mouth.

It still contains sugar, so having them in your mouth all day, even if you’re merely attempting to help yourself get over a cold, can contribute to bacteria build-up and tooth decay. All in all, keep the cough drops and other hard and sticky candies and lozenges to a minimum in the new year!

Keep up the hydration.

Water anyone? Staying hydrated with water is an all-around great resolution. After all, our body is 60 percent water!

First, water helps to restore a good pH balance in your mouth. It naturally cleans your teeth with every sip and water also works to get rid of leftover foods and acids in the mouth. Sounds a little gross, but it’s true that water is a great way to get rid of bacteria and sugars that result in cavities and tooth decay.

Last but not least, water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Drinking more water and staying hydrated is a great resolution that’s not that difficult to incorporate in your daily routine.

Don’t chew on pens.

Let’s say you are back to work or back to school in January. No matter where you’ll be, avoid chewing on pencils or pens. That chewing may seem harmless, but it can cause your teeth to slowly shift and can irritate joints and even cause stress fractures on your teeth.

Take some time for yourself.

Research has shown a strong link between stress and gum disease. This new year, take the time to relax to help you manage and better deal with stress in general! Stress can make you more lax on your oral health habits and it can result in things like more teeth grinding (or clenching), so do your best to take some time out for yourself.

Keep up your regular appointments with us.

Whether it’s twice a year or more often, we’re happy to see you keep up your regular dental visits.

A few of the things we’ll be doing when you come in to visit us include:

  • Examining your face, tongue, tissues inside the mouth, your neck, lymph nodes and jaw joints
  • Examining your gums, making sure gum recession isn’t happening or measuring the gums regardless
  • Checking for signs of oral cancer
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Examining you for signs or symptoms of gum disease
  • Looking at the way you bite and alignment of teeth
  • Checking the health of teeth and gums and looking for any changes or checking up on areas we’ve been monitoring
  • Checking on your existing fillings to make sure they are not damaged
  • Taking x-rays when they are due
  • Doing a deep, professional clean of your teeth, removing plaque and tartar build-up
  • Doing a deep, preventative clean along your gum line to combat recession, decay build-up and gum disease

wishing you a floss some new year

Wishing You a Happy & Healthy New Year

We’re wishing you a floss-some New Year! Keep up with your consistent, professional cleanings and dental exams to ensure we can catch issues early and simply to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth as healthy as possible! Give us a call to schedule your next appointment at (513) 251-5500 or schedule online today.

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