Getting the New Year off to the right start is important, especially when it comes to dental health. Here’s 6 resolutions to help you take better care of your teeth and how we can help you at Whistler Dental.
Cut Back On Sugar
We all know we’re guilty of indulging over the holidays. With lots of tasty treats on offer, it’s easy to forget the impact that sugar can have on your teeth. Eating lots of sugary treats has a direct link with took decay. The bacteria in dental plaque feed on sugar to produce acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Each acid attack can last up to 20 minutes and can lead to cavities and sensitive teeth.
We all know we should be doing it, but we don’t all know why. Flossing helps get rid of bacteria around our teeth and removes any food stuck there. If plaque is left on your teeth, it will eventually harden and turn to tartar. You can reach the areas of your teeth that you are unable to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing tip: if you can only floss once a day, make sure it is before bedtime.
Not only is staying away from sugary foods important but keeping a balanced diet impacts on the health of your teeth. Foods such as dairy products, kale, salmon and nuts are rich in calcium and help keep teeth strong. Eating foods with high water content help to neutralize the acid in your mouth and foods high in fibre will help to produce more saliva- which flushes the mouth of bacteria.
You should be getting a dental cleaning at least every six months so if it’s been longer, book an appointment. Dental cleaning not only gets rid of all the plaque you may have missed from brushing, but stains can be removed, giving you a brighter smile.
New year, new smile! Now is the best time to get all of that restorative work you’ve been putting off done. Ignoring dental work such as crowns, fillings or implants can be more detrimental to your dental health. If you have dental benefits that start in the new year, now is the best time to use them.
Smoking not only stains your teeth but also can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and mouth cancers. The earlier you stop smoking, the less damaging the long-term effects will be to your teeth.
2019 is the best time to think about what your dental health new year’s resolutions are. Book an appointment at Whistler Dental today.