Although the Christmas tree has returned to the loft, and you’ve gone back to your regular daily routine, it’s not too late to set some New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s resolutions often focus on becoming a better version of yourself. Typically, this means a career change, improving your fitness, eating healthier, spending quality time with the people you care about, or taking more time to enjoy life.
But what if this year you throw in a few oral health resolutions? There are often several things we can all do to improve the health of our smiles.
Here are six suggestions of potential New Year’s resolutions that could improve your oral health this year.
We brush our teeth every day. Twice a day if we’re doing things right! But often, we brush out of habit and end up rushing and cutting corners. Additionally, we might not use the best brush or toothpaste for the task.
You should change your toothbrush every two to three months or when it becomes worn. The same is true for electric toothbrush heads. Your toothpaste should contain around 1,500 ppm of fluoride.
When brushing, pay close attention to ensure you clean every side of each tooth. Setting a timer for two minutes can help you monitor how much time you’re spending brushing each area of your mouth.
It’s important to ensure you’re not skipping brushing your teeth in the morning or night. Both times are essential for removing plaque build-ups.
Even with the best brushing technique, bacteria and food particles will still become trapped between your teeth daily. Flossing reduces the risk of decay occurring in these hard-to-reach parts of your mouth.
There are lots of flossing products on the market, including water flossers. Talk to your dentist or hygienist if you need recommendations or flossing tips.
Tobacco is responsible for lots of health problems, from heart disease to lung, throat, and mouth cancer. Smoking also harms your smile. Not only does tobacco stain your teeth and give you bad breath, but it is also a leading cause of gum disease.
Speak to us or your GP for advice on quitting smoking this year.
You should book a dental checkup twice annually. We know that life can get in the way, and it’s easy to put off making appointments. Regular dental examinations are important as they allow us to monitor for any changes that could lead to problems.
Early detection of dental issues makes it easier for us to address them. Sometimes, we can avoid treatment altogether when we spot an issue and help you make changes promptly.
Our dental hygienist does more than give your teeth a deep clean. While your teeth will look and feel brand new after your appointment, our hygienist will also provide you with bespoke tips on improving your oral health.
If you have any niggling worries about your teeth, or you’d like to change something about the appearance of your smile, why not address them this year? We offer a broad range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments which could give your smile a boost while positively impacting other areas of your life.
This could be smile-enhancing composite bonding or veneers, straightforward straightening from Invisalign, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Alternatively, you may choose a makeover using digital smile design.
With finance options available to spread your treatment fees, perfecting your smile might be easier than you think.
Whatever your oral health goals, the team at Harley Private Dental are here to support you. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.Back to Blog
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