New Year’s Resolutions That Don’t Include Gym Time

January 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Buck @ 7:45 pm
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Now that the new year is in full swing, you might be thinking of ways to improve your lifestyle. Many people consider changing their diet, traveling more often, or heading to the gym. However, you should also consider prioritizing your oral health. Read on to learn several New Year’s resolutions you could implement to help encourage a healthier smile for the future.

Brush for Two Full Minutes

Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, it’s highly recommended that you do this for two full minutes each time. By doing this, you can significantly improve your oral hygiene and allow a sufficient period to clear away bacteria and plaque. You can even invest in an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer to keep track of how long you clean your smile.

Floss Every Single Day

Flossing is incredibly important for preserving both healthy teeth and gums, but not many people practice this every day. Though it might seem burdensome for some, taking the extra time to clean between your pearly whites can drastically reduce your chances of developing cavities or gum disease. Plus, you’ll enjoy fresher breath in the long run!

Minimize Snacking

Many people cut down on snacking when it comes to slimming their waistline, but it’s also important to do so for your oral health. The more often your teeth are covered in food particles, the higher the likelihood of acid byproducts developing and damaging your enamel. To avoid fueling any harmful bacteria in your mouth, try sticking to three nutritious meals instead of grazing throughout the day.

Avoid Acidic & Sugary Foods

While sugary foods aren’t always bad, they can increase your chances of cavities if you overindulge in them too frequently. Acidic foods and drinks will also pose a risk to your smile, as they can wear down your enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Cut down on beverages like soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice, and try sipping on water instead!

Quit Tobacco Products

Not only does smoking put your smile at risk, but tobacco products are also closely linked with serious issues like oral cancer. The ingredients can stain your teeth, interfere with your healing, and heighten the risk of gingivitis and tooth loss. For these reasons and more, it’s best to speak with friends, family, or even your dentist to support you in quitting this habit altogether.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Other than practicing solid oral hygiene at home, don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months. Your dentist can polish your smile while also ensuring you are free of any developing issues that can worsen over time. They may even update your cleaning routine and recommend professional products to help improve the way you maintain your teeth. Speak with your dentist if you want to promote better oral health during New Year’s and beyond, and they’ll be more than happy to get you on the right track!

About the Author

Dr. Eric Buck is a proud member of numerous prestigious organizations such as the Academy of General Dentistry, the Columbus Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is committed to seeking continuing education to refine his skills and expertise. He offers multiple high-quality services, including dental checkups/cleanings, tooth-colored fillings, and periodontal therapy. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call 614-792-1800.