It’s hard to believe a new year is just around the corner. Many of you may already be considering a resolution to embrace the opportunity for a fresh start. Most New Year’s goals focus on self-improvement such as eating better, exercising more, or traveling the world. However, you don’t want to overlook a crucial aspect of our health — your teeth. Practicing good oral care habits will give you a healthier smile. Today, we wanted to review a few resolutions that will help you take better care of your teeth in the new year.

Commit to Regular Dental Checkups

Start the new year off right by scheduling your dental checkup. Visiting us for regular dental cleanings and exams will prevent oral health issues before they become major dental problems.  We’ll thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any lingering indications of plaque or tartar buildup. In addition, your dentist will review any necessary treatments to get your smile in top shape. Make a resolution to visit us every six months for your dental checkup.

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Routine

We all know the basics of brushing and flossing, but how well are you really doing it? Set a goal to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to  avoid scraping your tooth enamel. Plus, make gentle, circular motions, angling the brush towards your gumline. Don’t forget to floss at least once, too! However, do it before you brush, so you can clean away any food particles you pick up. Regular brushing and flossing habits can make a big difference in your oral health. 

Upgrade Your Dental Care Products

Consider upgrading your dental care products in the new year. Invest in a high-quality toothbrush. Make sure you choose fluoride toothpaste and dental floss, looking for kinds with the ADA seal of approval. Swap your electric toothbrush head or manual toothbrush every three to four months. Make sure you add it to your calendar, so you don’t forget! You may consider investing in a high-quality electric toothbrush, for instance, to gain a more thorough cleaning.

Watch Your Diet

Your nutritional choices play a crucial role in your oral health. Eating an abundance of sugary or acidic foods can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum health issues. Make a resolution to incorporate healthier choices such as limiting sugary treats, incorporating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water. These choices can benefit both your overall health and your dental health.

Protect Your Teeth

Whether you play sports or grind your teeth at night, consider using a mouthguard. Protecting your teeth from injury or the effects of bruxism (teeth grinding) can save you from costly dental work down the road. Make it a resolution to take better care of your pearly whites. Plus, if you want a customized mouthguard, we can help! We can make one that fits you comfortably and lasts longer than anything from the store.

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to revolve around drastic life changes. Making small but meaningful commitments to improve your oral health can lead to a brighter, healthier smile in the year ahead. 

Start the year right by scheduling your next checkup. Call 253-999-9419 or schedule online to visit Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry in Puyallup, WA.