The start of a new year marks the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your health. Most people tend to tailor their New Year’s resolutions toward getting in shape, traveling more, or learning a new skill. But when was the last time you thought about setting a goal for your oral health?
If your oral hygiene routine has some room for improvement, this is a great time to create healthier oral habits! Below, we’ll show you our top three resolutions to help you make 2021 your year for better oral health.
Avoid acidic and sugary beverages
You may be surprised to learn that acidic beverages have the same effect as those that are high in sugar. That’s because sugar particles convert to acid as they are digested, creating the perfect environment for harmful bacteria to grow. Drinks like coffee, fruit juice, and red wine will not only wear down your enamel but also cause staining over time.
Of course, skipping your morning coffee isn’t always an option. If you can’t cut out your favorite beverage altogether, try these simple tips to protect your teeth:
- Drink out of a straw to minimize contact with teeth
- Sip on water throughout the day to wash away sugary and acidic particles
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production
- Use mouthwash throughout the day
- Brush at least twice per day, in two-minute sessions
Take better care of your toothbrush
Toothbrushes aren’t designed to last forever, but it’s easy to forget about replacing them. Ideally, you should be replacing your toothbrush every three months (or earlier if the bristles are fraying). Set a calendar reminder so that you don’t forget to swap out your toothbrush and get in the habit of buying more than one at a time to make toothbrush replacement even easier.
Aside from replacing your toothbrush, you should also be storing your toothbrush properly. Store your toothbrush in the open air to ensure that it dries out properly. This will also keep bacteria (and mold) from forming in the bristles and transferring into your mouth when you brush.
Say goodbye to tobacco
Tobacco products are highly detrimental to your oral health. Not only does nicotine cause deep-set staining, but using tobacco products also puts you at risk for several health complications such as:
- Dry mouth
- Tooth decay
- Coronary artery disease
- Gastric ulcers
- Oral cancer
Some research has even demonstrated that nicotine can impact your ability to fight back against inflammation-causing bacteria. This puts tobacco users at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, contributing to tooth decay and tooth loss. If you use tobacco, committing to quit in 2021 can improve not only your oral health but also your overall health!
With the start of a new year in full swing, don’t forget the importance of regular checkups with your dentist. Give Blue Island Smiles a call today to schedule your next appointment! We’ll be happy to help advise you on the best oral hygiene goals to help you stay on track to optimum oral health.