January 7, 2017
How do you want 2017 to be different than this year? Many people will rush to the gym in January and stop going before February hits, getting few results. You could easily improve your health with a modicum of the effort, you just need to focus on your smile. It’s one of the most basic parts of your appearance, and its health greatly impacts your overall health, so why not try to make it stronger than ever this year? Here are 5 simple tips from your dentist in Dunwoody, Dr. Jeff Rodgers, on how to make your smile shine all of next year.
1. Keep Brushing and Flossing
Most of your dental care takes place at home, and that usually consists of brushing and flossing. This routine is the most important thing you can do for your smile every day. Brushing and flossing protects you from tooth decay and gum disease, which are some of the most common dental problems. Brush for at least two minutes twice a day, and be sure to floss every time. A few minutes each day can make a big difference for your teeth.
2. Watch the Sugar
Many foods are laden with sugar, and that includes candies, sodas, energy drinks, and juices. This sugar can easily facilitate tooth decay, so by limiting your intake, you are protecting yourself from cavities. You don’t have to give them up completely, just moderate how much you have each day. One sweet treat a day will help satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health.
3. Limit Alcohol
New Year’s Eve is coming up soon, and many parties will be awash with alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can commonly lead to dry mouth, and this presents the perfect environment for the bacteria in your mouth to breed and cause decay. A common example of dry mouth is the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning. It happens when your mouth has limited the production of saliva, which is essential for maintaining a healthy environment for your teeth. Saliva helps limit the amount of bacteria in your mouth, so having one less drink at a party can help keep your smile healthy.
4. Drink More Water
Water is beneficial for your teeth in multiple ways. One, it helps stimulate saliva production, which ties into what we were talking about in #3. Secondly, every time you drink water, it actually rinses your teeth of bacteria and excess food particles. You can easily supplement one sugary or alcoholic drink a day with water and you will probably feel a lot better, plus you will be taking good care of your teeth.
5. Come See Us!
This is the perfect time of year to get a dental cleaning and a check-up. You probably have time off of work, and you’ll want to look your best for all the upcoming New Year’s Parties. Cleanings and check-ups an essential part of your oral hygiene routine because they allow one of our skilled hygienists to clean your teeth in ways you simply can’t at home, and gives your family dentist in Dunwoody the chance to catch (and treat) any small problems you might have early.
Want To Know More?
Just follow these 5 simple tips and your smile will be the last thing you need to worry about. You’ll only think about it when you want to show it off!
If you would like to get more tips on how to improve your oral health and smile brightly in 2017, please give us a call.
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