As 2019 draws to a close, it is time to consider New Year’s resolutions for 2020. Have you considered enhancing your dental health as a goal?
Healthy resolutions can keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following strategies will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year :

1. Improving brushing and flossing habits

Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. It protects your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque – a sticky, colorless, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day.
Remember, When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle towards the gumline and move it across the teeth which effectively removes bacterial plaque.
2. Change is necessary
We know that you get compatible with your toothbrush and are reluctant to replace it. But you need to. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed.
3. Eat Healthy
A healthy diet is important for maintaining good dental health. Nutrients in fruits, vegetables, dairy products and whole grains strengthen teeth and fight bacteria that cause gum disease. Make a point this year to incorporate more tooth-healthy foods in your daily diet.
4. Quit using Tobacco Products
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol have increased gum recession. So, there is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.
5. Drink fluoridated water
Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
6. Control your sweet tooth
Sugary snacks and beverages are your teeth’s worst enemy. Sugar produce acids that wears away your enamel and cause tooth decay. Make it a goal this year to limit your intake of sweets, for your health and your teeth!!
7. Book an Appointment
By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.

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