It’s hard to believe it, but 2019 is already over! Not only is 2020 a brand-new year, but it’s the start of another decade. This means it’s a perfect time to set a New Year’s resolution that you can stick to for the next several years. Why not add getting a teeth cleaning in Natick to that list? Besides that, here are a few other ideas for resolutions to ensure a healthy mouth in 2020 and beyond.
Start Flossing Every Day
Unfortunately, brushing isn’t enough to prevent plaque from accumulating on your teeth. You also need to clean between your pearly whites. That’s where flossing comes in. If flossing isn’t something you normally do, the new year is a perfect time to start.
One way to help you remember is to set your floss down on your pillow every day. Then, you can’t go to bed without being reminded to floss.
Tobacco use more than doubles your risk for gum disease, among all the other oral health complications it can cause. Pick a date where you’re going to kick the habit for good and throw out all your tobacco products. Tell your friends and family so that they can be there to support you. If you’re having trouble quitting, ask your dentist or doctor for assistance. They should be more than happy to supply you with resources.
Schedule a Dental Checkup
Booking a dental checkup in Natick twice a year is one of the most important things you can do for your smile. There are certain signs, such as bleeding gums when brushing or flossing and dental sensitivity, that means you’re past due for a visit with your dentist. Even if your teeth aren’t bothering you, it could never hurt to set a reminder on your phone to call your dentist and set up an appointment as soon as you can.
Cut Back on Sugar
Reducing your sugar intake is the number one way to decrease your likelihood of getting cavities. Cut back on sugar by limiting the number of sugary snacks and drinks you purchase. Whenever you get a craving for something sweet, simply pop in a piece of sugar-free gum instead. That will curb your urge while also cleaning your teeth.
About the Author
Dr. Christina Papageorgiou is a dentist in Natick, MA who earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. she has won multiple awards such as the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry and First Place in the American Association of Dental Research in Chicago. To learn more ideas for dental New Year’s resolutions, visit her website.