Want to achieve a healthy smile this year? Take advantage of oral health resolutions and capture a picture-perfect smile for 2019 and beyond. Below we highlight eight oral health resolutions that you can use to achieve a beautiful smile in the new year.
Take a 2×2 Approach Toward Brushing Teeth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing teeth in 2-minute increments, at least twice a day. By doing so, you can lower your risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. Additionally, brushing your teeth at least twice daily may prevent oral health issues that otherwise lead to gum disease, a condition that causes moderate to severe redness and swelling of the gums.
Flossing at least once a day helps eliminate plaque and excess food particles in the teeth. At the same time, daily flossing helps keep the gums and teeth healthy. Some studies have even shown that daily flossing may help you reduce your risk for periodontal disease and heart disease, among other health issues. If you get into the habit of daily flossing you may reap the benefits of your efforts for an extended period of time. To learn about the most effective daily flossing techniques, consult your dentist.
Choose Healthy Foods and Beverages.
There is a strong correlation between the foods and beverages you consume and your oral health and overall well-being. With a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, dairy products and whole grains, you can obtain a rich combination of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that support optimal oral health. Furthermore, limiting your consumption of alcohol, coffee and sugary soft drinks may better equip you to prevent cavities and other oral health problems in the years to come.
Chew Sugarless Gum.
Chewing sugarless gum after eating helps boost salivary flow and neutralize and eliminate acids produced in the mouth when teeth break down food. Studies indicate that chewing sugarless gum approximately 20 minutes after meals helps to stop tooth decay, too. As such, chewing sugarless gum may help reduce susceptibility to plaque build-up, gingivitis and other long-lasting oral health issues.
Cut Out Tobacco.
People who smoke or chew tobacco are more prone to yellow teeth, gum disease, tooth loss and other oral health issues, as well as emphysema, heart disease and various long-term health problems. Tobacco use also interferes with a person’s ability to generate saliva normally – something that may increase your risk of plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth. By reducing or eliminating the consumption of tobacco products, you can improve your teeth and overall health. Family members, friends and other loved ones can provide support to you if you want to beat a tobacco addiction in 2019. Online programs and support groups are also available to help manage tobacco addiction.
Select the Right Toothbrush and Replace It Approximately Every Three Months.
Ideally, you should choose a toothbrush that includes soft bristles designed to prevent gum damage. You should also select a toothbrush with multi-level or angled bristles. ADA notes that this type of toothbrush is proven to remove plaque from the teeth more effectively than its counterparts. ADA also indicates that you should replace your toothbrush approximately every three months. If a toothbrush’s bristles appear frayed and worn down, it is generally a good idea to replace it as soon as possible.
Get a Dental Cleaning At Least Every Six Months.
When it comes to oral health care, it is typically beneficial to err on the side of caution. With a dental cleaning scheduled approximately every six months, you can meet with your dentist to address any oral health problems before they get out of hand. If you’re already dealing with gum disease or other severe oral health problems, you may want to book dental cleanings approximately every three to four months.
Choose Acceledontics to Straighten and Whiten the Teeth.
The Acceledontics orthodontic treatment system uses state-of-the-art technology to help you achieve straight, white teeth in as little as four months. It leverages advanced, self-adjusting technology that fits the teeth comfortably and is virtually invisible. Plus, at the conclusion of an Acceledontics program, an AADvance Whitening treatment can whiten teeth in only 4 minutes.
Make 2019 a Year to Remember with Oral Health Resolutions.
Maintaining clean, attractive teeth is rarely simple, particularly for those dealing with cavities, gingivitis or other oral health problems. Thankfully, the aforementioned oral health resolutions can help you take control of your oral health in 2019. Perhaps best of all, by implementing one or more of these oral health resolutions, you can boost your chances of enjoying a beautiful smile for years to come.
The Acceledontics team would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019. For those who are considering a teeth straightening and whitening treatment in the new year, we are happy to help, too.
Acceledontics at The Super Dentists of San Diego helps teens and adults simultaneously straighten and whiten their teeth, faster than ever before. Our revolutionary Acceledontics program helps individuals achieve healthy smiles in a fraction of the time associated with traditional braces treatment. Our team provides consistent support throughout the Acceledontics treatment to ensure each patient can achieve his or her desired results, as quickly as possible.
Ready to take the first step toward achieving a healthy smile in 2019 and beyond? Set up a free Acceledontics treatment consultation, and we can help you determine if our teeth straightening and whitening program is right for you. To find out more about Acceledontics, please contact us today at 1-866-8-FASTER.