2022 is just getting started, so there’s no better time than now to implement some healthier steps into your life. Whether you are wanting to spend more time outdoors, eat less junk food, or get a full 8 hours of sleep every night, you are working to better yourself. When it comes to your smile, there are always ways that you can improve. Continue reading for some New Year’s resolution ideas that will benefit your oral health!
Attend Routine Checkups
Regular cleanings and checkups are essential to maintain a healthy smile, but approximately one third of Americans don’t see their dentist as often as they should. Let 2022 be the year that you give your dentist a call to schedule your next visit. Before you leave the practice, be sure to book your upcoming appointment. This way, you can get back on track!
Give Up Smoking
Smoking tobacco products doubles your risk of developing gum disease. It’s also linked to many other serious health conditions, including oral cancer. Because this addictive habit can be so difficult to quit, it’s helpful to find a healthier replacement activity for when the craving kicks in. Talk to your friends, family, and family physician about the best ways that you can give up the smokes for good!
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
An occasional sugary treat doesn’t usually do too much damage to your smile, but if you are constantly consuming them throughout the day, this can increase your risk of cavities and other issues all throughout your body. The best way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sweet treats you are putting into your shopping cart. Try to find something else that will satisfy your sweet tooth. For example, switch out your favorite cola for sparkling water, or chew sugar-free gum instead of eating candy.
Floss Every Day
Brushing is highly effective at removing plaque and food debris from your teeth, gums, and surrounding areas, but there are some places that your toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach. That’s why flossing is so necessary to remove bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and beneath the gumline. If you aren’t already flossing every day, now is a great time to begin. Place your container of floss next to your toothpaste. This way, you will see it every time you brush your teeth and avoid forgetting.
Don’t leave your smile behind in the new year! Use the steps listed above so you can work towards excellent oral health in 2022.
About the Author
Dr. L. King Scott is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for well over 39 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and recently received the Academy of General Dentistry’s highest honor: The Lifelong Service and Recognition Award. This honor represents over 2500 hours of continuing education with 500 being hands on participation clinical continuing education. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and Fifth District Dental Association. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in West Monroe, visit his website or call (318) 325-4600.