New Year Resolutions to Improve Your Oral Health

January 11, 2019

 

Choose one of these healthy options!

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? In January, many of us are contemplating how we can make this year even better than the last. Year after year “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s “Resolution List”. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating more healthily and taking a more active approach to health. Many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some tips below to help you improve your oral health and subsequently your overall health with goals you can manage and reach.

One of the first habits to modify is snacking. Snacking throughout the day can raise acidity in the oral cavity which increases your risk for tooth decay. It’s great to complete eliminate daily snacking, but if snacks are a part of your routine, be sure to choose healthy options. Making sure to pack your own snacks if you’re out will prevent the inevitable afternoon indulgence. Here are some healthy ideas for snacking on the go:

-Nuts

-Cheese

– Low sugar protein or snack bars

-Vegetables: (Carrots, Celery etc)

-Apples

-Plain Yogurt

-Hummus

It’s also important to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and if you can’t brush on the go, a little swish with water is always helpful!

 

Since we spend most of our day in a dental office, we really should talk about flossing. Only 4 of 10 Americans floss daily, and 20% never floss! Flossing is an easy addition to any routine. A good flossing routine only takes 2-3 minutes per night and can have a tremendous impact on oral and overall health. Try putting your floss next to your toothbrush, or a note on your mirror as a reminder until it’s a built in habit. Periodontal disease is a very preventable disease, with good homecare and regular dental visits, but you can’t expect to improve your oral health without change. There are alternatives to floss that are also useful, we recommend discussing which option is best for you with your hygienist.

A waterflosser may be an option for you, ask your hygienist!

So this year instead of having a grand goal to “Be Healthier” take a look at the actual habits you can add, quit or modify to increase your chance of success. You may choose one of the topics we covered or quitting tobacco use, limiting sugar, or any other host of small changes. We are here to help you on a journey to a healthier you!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Entrepreneur:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/306400

Colgate:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-10-survey-finds-shortcomings-in-americans-dental-health-habits

 


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