The beginning of the year is all about making a fresh start, but let’s face it — no one is going to magically lose weight, learn a new language, or earn that promotion at work just because there’s a new calendar on the wall. It takes real effort and a determined mindset to reach those goals! While we wish you the best with even your most ambitious New Year’s Resolution, we also encourage you to set your sights on something a little simpler — improving your oral health. Your dentist in Medford is here to list a few things you can do to give your smile the TLC it deserves in 2018.
Start With a Visit to Your Dentist
How long has it been since the last time you stopped into a dental office? If the answer is anything longer than six months, it’s time to make an appointment. A professional cleaning will help you start the new year with a mouth that’s fresh and ready for anything.
Your dentist will also examine your teeth and gums and let you know how they’re doing. Once you have that information in hand, you can receive treatment or make the necessary adjustments to improve your oral health. For example, your dentist might suggest that you start using a particular product, improve your flossing technique, or tweak your diet.
Cut Back on Unhealthy Foods
A diet that contains a lot of sugary or acidic foods and beverages is anathema to your oral health. Sugar interacts with bacteria in your oral cavity, creating plaque, which in turn leads to tooth decay. Acid weakens the tooth enamel and can also cause cavities.
We’re not saying you have to eat a strict diet that doesn’t let you enjoy your favorite treats, but you should always be mindful of the consequences that anything you consume could have for your teeth. To mitigate the effects of tooth-damaging yummies:
- Sip acidic or sugary beverages through a straw; this will minimize the amount of contact the liquids have with your teeth.
- Brush about 30 minutes to an hour after you indulge.
- Drink some water to encourage saliva production and help wash away bacteria and acid.
Conquer Other Bad Habits
Almost everyone has one or two habits that are downright unbeneficial to their oral health. Why not make it your resolve in 2018 to put a stop to yours? For example, if you smoke, you can research different quit methods and ask you physician for help to finally kick your addiction. On the other hand, maybe you grind your teeth because of stress; you can do your best to make lifestyle adjustments that will reduce your daily anxiety and help you relax.
May your smiles be plentiful, healthy, and bright throughout 2018.
About the Dentist
Dr. Anthony Giamberardino is your friendly, skilled dentist in Medford. He would like to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution for a healthier mouth! If you have questions about how to care for your teeth and gums or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 781-396-3800.