This year, make improving oral health a priority! Good dental health habits promote healthy teeth, beautiful smiles and contribute to your overall health. Here are some dental tips to consider for the New Year:
- Brush and Floss Regularly If your brushing and flossing habits are lacking, step up your game in 2018! Brushing and flossing your teeth are the first line of defense against oral health complications. Tooth brushing and flossing help to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease) and halitosis (bad breath). For successful bacterial plaque removal, dentists recommend brushing 2 minutes twice daily and flossing once each day.
- Eat Healthy A healthy well-balanced diet is an important part of achieving your dental health resolutions. Nutrients in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and whole grains strengthen teeth and fight bacteria that cause gum disease. Make a point this year to incorporate more tooth-healthy foods in your daily diet. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay. Sugary snacks and beverages are your teeth’s worst enemy. When sugars are broken down in your mouth, they produce acids that wear away your enamel and cause tooth decay. Make it a goal this year to limit your intake of sweets, for your health and your teeth!
- Drink More Water Water swishes away plaque and bacterial acids that cause tooth decay. Fluoride in water helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to bacterial acid attacks.
- Schedule regular Checkups Regular checkups allow the specialists at City Kids to monitor your child’s dental health and address any concerns before they become bigger problems. These visits also give us the opportunity to reinforce good habits and keep your resolutions on track. City Kids is committed to providing quality dental care. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.
Good Luck with these resolutions and smile big in 2018!