A new year means a new set of resolutions. To kick off 2018 with a smile, you may consider adopting one of these three reasonable resolutions to easily improve your dental hygiene.
1. Make Brushing Count
Brushing twice a day goes a very long way when it comes to your overall health. Not only does two-a-day brushing prevent gum disease, remove stains and keep plaque from building, but good dental hygiene protects you from other health concerns. By removing bacteria building on your teeth, you keep bacteria from traveling down the bloodstream, which ultimately reduces the likelihood of getting a heart attack or stroke.
2. Treat Yourself To A New Brush
A resolution to improve your dental hygiene can be as easy as buying yourself a new toothbrush. One of the best ways to ensure you are removing plaque is by getting a new toothbrush every 3-4 month once the bristles start to wear away. Once a toothbrush starts to fray, it’s time to splurge on a new partner in dental hygiene. Set a reminder to replace your toothbrush each 3-4 months to make your brushing even better.
3. Sip Less Sugar
It’s no surprise that soda isn’t our smile’s best friend, but sugary soda isn’t the only drink that can lead to tooth decay. Diet soda, fruit juice, wine and coffee can weaken tooth enamel because of the acid that builds up on your teeth when consuming them. Even replacing one sweet/acidic drink with water a day is an easy way to improve your oral health. Brushing your teeth after consuming sugary substances is an alternative way to make this resolution count.
4. Swish Swish
Adding mouthwash to your daily dental routine not only freshens your breath, but rinsing for 30 seconds prevents the buildup of plaque and can help in your fight against cavities. You can even try using mouthwash before brushing and flossing to remove any loose particles that could get in the way of your cleaning efforts. Check in with your dentist at Krengel Dental to get professional advice on which mouthwash would best cater to your smile.
5. Schedule that cleaning!
Make the most of the new year motivation and schedule a cleaning. A routine visit will not only help you prevent oral disease, but it is the best way to save money in the long run and attend to any dental health issues early on. It is recommended that you visit your dentist twice a year, so feel the satisfaction of completing half of your resolution by calling Krengel Dental and making an appointment (Krengel Dental: 952-888-1311).
A realistic resolution can have you feeling empowered and on the right track this year and your pearly whites will be all the more ready to smile. Take on one of these simple but impactful resolutions and you won’t be able to keep from smiling.