Happy New Year!
After the holidays we are all in need of New Year’s resolution since we have all indulged in too many sweets, too much good food and strayed away from our routines. So why not start with your oral health?
Here are just a few tips to help you start the year on the right foot.
I know most of you forget to floss and will try to make up for it the week or day before your dental visit. Don’t fool yourself. Your hygienist and dentist will know if you have been flossing regularly. Your gums and teeth don’t lie. So make it a habit and floss every day. Flossing doesn’t have to be that hard since you can floss before or after you brush or even when you remember throughout the day. JUST DO IT! It will prevent you from getting cavities, save you from gum disease and even help your overall health.
Try to book regular check up and cleanings. Whether you need 3, 4 or 6 months intervals don’t let too much time go in between visits since your dentist can help detect problems early before it becomes painful and expensive to fix. With advances in technology (digital x-rays) we can find problems early and treat them easily. Stay on top of your health.
Watch your diet. We are all eager to lose a few pounds that we have gained over the holidays. Watch the sugar and carbohydrates you eat since they fuel the bacteria that are in your mouth that cause cavities. Gluten free sometimes has more sugar than you think. Also eating too frequently can attack the enamel that protects to tooth and lead to sensitivity and tooth decay.
Smile more! (Apparently you burn more calories) If you had too much red wine over the holidays and feel that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be then you might want to try whitening your teeth. Dentists have special bleaching agents that can help you safely brighten your smile. You can do it during the day with DAY WHITE or at night while you sleep with NIGHT WHITE. Make sure to ask your dentist the next time you are in to find out what fits best for you. Over the counter products may also be an option but are just not as powerful and need more time.
Feel free to contact me anytime with your questions or concerns
Wishing a happy and healthy 2016!