The beginning of the New Year is a great time to recommit yourself to good habits — including taking better care of your teeth. Resolving to improve your smile offers many benefits, as your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. And showing off your smile makes everyone around feel better, too!
Start the New Year off right by following the basics of good oral health and hygiene. In this post, Seattle dentists Drs. Don Jayne and Dean Kois discuss some of their top tips for getting healthier teeth.
Practice Good Brushing Habits
Most people know that they should brush twice a day, but not everyone remembers to follow this rule every day. Even those who brush consistently could benefit from following some additional tips:
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line.
- Spend two minutes brushing your teeth. Try timing yourself and you be may surprised at how much — or how little — time you actually spend brushing.
- Replace your brush every three to four months or whenever the bristles start to wear down.
Remember to Floss
Flossing reaches the nooks and crannies of your teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Removing more food particles and debris from your mouth improves your dental health. It can also help you avoid cavities, tooth decay and dental infections that have been linked to certain heart conditions.
If you haven’t flossed regularly in years past, now is a great time to start again. The American Dental Association recommends that children and adults floss daily. Make a habit of flossing either immediately before or after you brush so you won’t forget to do it.
Eat a Balanced Diet
If losing weight or eating better is one of your New Year’s resolutions, this tip will help you reach two goals at once! Many foods that are bad for your body are also hard on your teeth.
In particular, avoid sugary foods or foods with a high acid content. These foods are tough on your tooth enamel and can lead to cavities and other dental health issues.
Make Your Next Dental Appointment
Visiting your dentist twice a year is a vital part of keeping a healthy smile. If you haven’t scheduled your next appointment yet, call right now and put it in your calendar to avoid putting it off.
Drs. Jayne and Kois offer comprehensive dental exams to identify oral health problems and clean the areas brushing and flossing can’t reach. To schedule your next dental appointment with us, call (206) 623-4400 today.