With 2023 only a few days away, now is a great time to start thinking about resolutions. In addition to trying new hobbies or working out more, you should think about your smile too! In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about common resolutions that can improve the health and beauty of your smile in the new year.
Improving How You Brush or Floss
First, make sure you’re brushing and flossing the way you should. To properly clean your smile and fight cavities, gingivitis, bad breath, and even teeth stains, you need to brush in the morning and at night. Each session should take two minutes to complete, and we urge people to use one with soft bristles to avoid inadvertent enamel damage or gum recession if you brush too hard. You can go electric or use a manual one, both are effective. As for your toothpaste, look for fluoride or the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This helps strengthen the outer enamel.
As for flossing, you need to clean between your teeth every evening, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot reach. You should move the tape up and down each side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line in a “c” motion each time. You can use tape, or a pick if that’s easier for you. Some people even opt for water flossers!
Choosing Healthier Snacks and Drinks
What we eat and drink matters too! We recommend cutting back on sugary snacks and foods, and eating items high in starch in moderation. Instead, be sure to add fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, and options high in vitamin C. You should also drink plenty of water to help rinse away food and drink particles, and to keep you hydrated.
Checkup and Cleaning Visits
You should also find time to see us every six months. A checkup and cleaning visit is an opportunity for our team to examine the smile carefully and watch for signs of trouble, such as the presence of tooth decay or gingivitis or gum disease. We then create treatment plans to address them. As for cleanings, this involves removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth to lower the risk for cavities and periodontal concerns too. If you have any questions about how to care for your smile at home, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Protecting Your Smile?
We’re ready to help you enjoy a stunning new smile in 2023 and beyond. If you have questions about boosting the health and beauty of your smile, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.