If you’re planning on making some positive changes in your life over the coming year, resolving to accomplish those goals on or around the first of the year is a great starting point. While it’s true that not every resolution will become a reality, making a promise to yourself that you’ll do your best to accomplish your goals at the start of the year can give you the impetus to – at the very least – make a list of what you want to achieve. Becoming healthier is a common goal. Countless people resolve to lose weight, work out more often, eat a healthier diet, and/or give up a bad habit to improve their health. We have one more idea to add to that list: improving your oral health. Here are some ideas for oral health resolutions for the New Year:
- See your dentist at least twice this year for professional cleanings and oral exams. Only a professional cleaning by a trained dentist or hygienist can effectively remove plaque and tartar, and dentists recommend that most people have this done twice a year to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure that you follow through with this resolution by calling your dentist in early January to schedule your appointments.
- Follow a regular oral hygiene routine at home – every single day, no matter what. It’s easy to be a little lax with your brushing and flossing if you have a busy schedule or when you’re traveling, so promise yourself that you’ll brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day throughout the coming year.
- If you use a manual toothbrush, buy a new one every 3 to 4 months. If you use an electric toothbrush, change out the brush heads at the same interval. And always choose a soft-bristled brush.
- Pay more attention to your gum health. Gum disease is a common problem for adults in the US, and if it’s left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Spend more time on your gums by flossing at least once a day and using an anti-bacterial mouthwash once or twice a day. Consider investing in a water flosser device and use it each night before bed for even better gum health.
- Quit using tobacco products. If you smoke or chew tobacco, it’s important that you quit – not only for your oral health, but for your overall health as well. Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco increases your risk for both gum disease and oral cancer.
If you’re preparing your resolutions for the upcoming year, don’t forget about your oral health! Remember that oral health is closely linked to your overall health. So make the coming year your healthiest yet by resolving to have healthier teeth and gums come this time next year!