Above all other New Year’s Eve Resolutions, you should make sure your smile comes first. Here’s why.
With every new year comes a long string of goals we set for ourselves. While most of us tend to focus on familiar New Year’s Eve resolutions — sticking to an exercise routine, eating more veggies, getting our finances in order — there’s one important goal that many of us never consider: a healthier smile.
A healthy smile is much more than white teeth. In many instances, the health of our teeth and gums directly correlates to the rest of our bodies. According to the Mayo Clinic, poor oral health may be linked to several seemingly unrelated issues, including endocarditis (an infection of the heart’s lining), cardiovascular disease, premature birth and low birth rate in pregnant women. Conversely, health issues like diabetes and osteoporosis might also put teeth and gums at risk.
Not only is a healthy smile important to our overall wellness, but it also affects how others perceive us. Recent studies have concluded that a friendly smile can make a positive first impression and increase our attractiveness to others.
If you’re considering adding “improving my smile” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few simple ways to get started!
Simple Ways to Improve Your Oral Health
Schedule Two Dentist Appointments for the Calendar Year (Don’t Be Afraid!)
Consistent cleanings are vital to oral health. Your dentist will take care of cavities before they get worse and treat infections that could cause damage to the rest of your health. If you haven’t been to a dental office in a long time, don’t worry. Dentists are used to seeing teeth in all conditions, and you certainly aren’t the first person who has ever started a check-up with “so, I haven’t been to see you in about two years….”
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day (Really!)
In addition to having your dentist take care of plaque buildup and more significant issues, brushing your teeth two times a day for two minutes is the best way to maintain stellar oral health. For proper brushing technique, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line, use small circular motions on the outside and backside of teeth, and back-and-forth motions on the large molar surfaces. Replace your toothbrush or electric brush head every three months, and use a top-rated toothpaste, like Aquafresh Extreme Clean (which comes with sugar acid protection and micro active bubbles). Of course, a great toothpaste and brushing technique can only benefit you if you genuinely brush twice a day, so make it a point to do it, even if you feel like falling into bed or rushing out the door instead.
Learn How to Floss (It’s a Skill)
If you’re reading this and thinking,” how hard is it to pull a string through some teeth?” the ADA has a step-by-step guide that proves are there’s little more to it. And because in one 2017 study, only 16 per cent of participants indicated they floss at least once a day while 8 per cent admit they never floss, most of us could likely be some improvement in this area!
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Here’s the cold, hard truth: as a whole, are overeating sugar, and that sugar consumption is associated with a variety of diseases, including periodontal disease. Even if you brush with toothpaste-like Aquafresh, cutting your daily sugar intake is beneficial from a waistline and a smile perspective!
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