It’s that time of year where we start to think about what the new year has in store for us and what we can accomplish in 2014. New Year’s resolutions are an important part of welcoming the New Year, because they encourage you to go beyond what you’ve been doing so far and challenge yourself in ways you’ve never thought you could.
Many people set new goals about leading a healthier lifestyle and in only 18 hours at the stroke of midnight, millions will rhyme off those silent promises. This year, why not make a commitment to improving your oral hygiene in 2014?
Here at Dawson Dental we know that healthier teeth can lead to a brighter smile, and following any of the below strategies will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile in 2014.
1. Brush at Least Twice a Day
Shockingly, most people admit to brushing only once per day, and often attribute tiredness at the end of the day as the main reason stopping them from brushing at night time. Your mouth is the front line for battling the bacteria that damage not only your teeth and gums, but also other organs and systems throughout your body. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice daily preferably with a fluoride toothpaste.
2. Floss Daily
Unfortunately, flossing is one of those oral hygiene tasks that is overlooked. Flossing daily cleans the spaces between teeth, that your toothbrush can’t reach, preventing plaque build up, fighting bacteria and mouth disease.
3. Don’t Skip Visits to the Dentists
We know that trips to the Dentist isn’t very high on the list of ‘Fun Things To Do’ but fluoride rinses, tartar scraping and oral cancer screenings are better for your health – and much cheaper- than dealing with major dental problems such as root canals or extractions. Commit to your visits (even look at booking them now for 2014) and your mouth will be thanking you next December.
4. Tailor Your Diet to Your Teeth
This one is probably already on your lists of resolutions, but here’s another reason why it should be (in case it’s not). As your parents and grandparents told you years ago, sugar rots your teeth and is the primary contributor to cavities. Avoid sugar as much as possible – there is a clear link between diabetes and oral health and each feeds off the other. fruits and vegetables can actually help remove plaque and contain less sugar than processed foods.
5. Consider a New Smile
Getting bridges or crowns for broken or missing teeth is not a luxury; these problems tend to have a domino effect that leave you with more pain, shifting teeth and a vulnerability to gum disease. Once restorations are complete you should consider the benefits of a new smile. Turn the page on your crooked or discolored smile with Snap-On Smile, Teeth-In-A-Day or Zoom! whitening.
Dawson Dental Centres are knowledgeable, caring Toronto dentists in 15 locations across Ontario including Aurora, Barrie, Oshawa and more. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry services such as dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces and dental veneers. New patients are always, warmly welcome!