The New Year is here, and we are all excited for a fresh start. You must be hoping that this year will be better than the ones that have passed, and you may have decided to make some resolutions. From striving to get new jobs and starting businesses to losing weight, people have all sorts of New Year’s resolutions. Have you thought about your dental health? Perhaps you were not very careful in the past year and had more sweets than you should, especially in the festive season. Well, it is time to turn a new leaf and make your smile a better one by coming up with resolutions that give you better oral health. Here are some simple oral health resolutions that are easy to follow through.

Brush and Floss Every Day

Strive to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. This will remove food particles that may have accumulated on and between teeth. This will in turn prevent plaque formation, which is the stuff responsible for yellowing of the teeth, tooth decay and other oral health issues. Get a good toothbrush and brush properly for good oral health. If you tend to forget to floss, place your floss container next to your toothbrush and toothpaste. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months this year.

Form Better Eating Habits

Sugar accelerates tooth decay, so cutting back on sugary food means that you will be reducing the chances of getting tooth decay greatly. Opt for sugar-free drinks and snacks like sugar free chewing gum. Also avoid acidic foods because they erode the enamel and contribute to tooth decay. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in calcium. Milk is another great source of calcium for those who aren’t lactose intolerant, so a glass a day will go a long way.

Stop Smoking

The New Year is a good time to review your life and stop the unhealthy habits you have. If you are a smoker now is the time to quit. It has been reported that smoking doubles the risk of getting gum disease. Tobacco will also stain your teeth and make you hate your smile. Stop using tobacco products and you will have better dental health overall. It will not be easy to stop, but you need to decide and agree to give it your best. Talk to family and friends to help you with this journey and get professional help if necessary.

Book Dental Checkups and Show Up

Last but not least, it is advised that everyone should see a dentist at least twice a year. During your checkup, the dentist will look at your mouth, note any problems and give advice on how to better your oral hygiene. With regular dental checkups, dental problems are noted and treated early before they cause excessive damage to teeth. Make that appointment and make time to attend. You should not allow yourself to be too busy for anything that concerns your health. Surely you can spare a few minutes to see your dentist twice this year.

With these New Year resolutions, you will definitely smile more this year. You will be confident that your mouth is clean and healthy hence a boost in self-esteem and general well-being.

Find a Local Dental Practice

If you live in Central Texas and haven’t found a dentist to visit regularly yet, contact the dental practice of Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S. in San Marcos TX. We’ll be happy to help you stick to all of your oral health-related resolutions this year.