No one wants to be dealing with dental problems in the coming year, but many people don’t take the steps they need in order to keep their smile in good health. Because the new year is finally here, what better time is there to better yourself by making positive changes in your life? In addition to any other New Year’s resolutions that you have for this year, try adding one for your oral health as well. A dentist in Hutchinson shares some resolution ideas that can help you to achieve a healthy smile.
See Your Dentist
Approximately one third of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they would like to. For many, it is because they are keeping up with a busy schedule and for others it is the result of forgetfulness. Take some time to give your dentist a call so you can schedule a cleaning and checkup. Search for a “dentist near me” to get started. Be sure to schedule your next visit before you leave the practice so that you don’t forget.
Floss More Frequently
Are you consistently told by your dentist that you haven’t been flossing enough? Unfortunately, this is something that you cannot hide. Brushing helps to remove plaque and food debris from the surface of the teeth, but there are certain places where the bristles cannot reach. Flossing is necessary in order to clean away food particles, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. Place a container of floss next to your toothpaste so that you don’t accidently forget.
You already know that smoking is harmful for your overall health, but you may not know that your oral health is not excluded. In addition to staining your teeth, smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is linked to many other health issues, including oral health issues. This habit is difficult for many people to give up, so it’s important that you find a healthier replacement activity for when the cravings kick in. Speak to your doctor, friends, and family about the best ways for you to quit.
Cut Back on the Sugar
An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually cause harm, but if you like to snack on sweets throughout the day, your teeth will be paying the price. Don’t purchase as many sugary foods when you go grocery shopping. Instead stock up on healthier alternatives that will satisfy your craving. For instance, if you love to drink cola with your lunch, opt for a crisp sparkling water instead. If you like to suck on hard candies throughout the day, try keeping a pack of sugar-free gum with you instead as an alternative option.
Eat Smile-Friendly Foods
The good news is that not all of your favorite foods are terrible for your teeth. Some are actually beneficial. Try to add a few extra healthy treats into your diet. For instance, dairy is an excellent source of calcium, which is necessary for strong teeth and bones. Have some milk, yogurt, or cheese in your diet. Apples, carrots, pears, celery, almonds, and cranberries are other great tooth-healthy snacks.
If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, try giving some of these a try. Your smile will be thanking you.
About the Author
Dr. Grant D. Ringler is an experienced dentist who has been providing dental care to the community of Hutchinson and the surrounding areas for more than three decades. He invests many hours in continuing his education each year in order to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. He is currently a member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Association, The Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (620) 860-0309.