Make 2017 the year that you prioritize your dental health. Whether you’ve resolved to improve your overall wellbeing or you simply want to incorporate a few positive changes in the year ahead, make your smile a piece of the puzzle. From committing to a healthy diet to sticking with a sensible brushing and flossing schedule, there are many ways to improve your oral health. Here are five smile-worthy resolution ideas to get you started.
Make Healthy Choices
You already know that smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating junk food can negatively impact your body, but did you also know that these habits affect your oral health too? Excessive alcohol consumption can leave you vulnerable to receding gums. Using tobacco products leads to gum recession, gum disease, tooth discoloration, and an increase in cavities. Poor nutrition can also cause many oral problems, including gum disease. For optimal health, eat more fruits and vegetables, less refined carbohydrates, quit using tobacco, and drink moderately.
Stick to a Brushing and Flossing Routine
If you’re like many people, then you may tell your dentist that you floss regularly but fall short in reality. If you really want to improve your dental health, then daily flossing and brushing your teeth at least two times per day is essential to remove bacterial plaque and accumulated food particles. If you’re not big on string floss, then try a Water Pik or Reach Access type flosser instead.
Over time, your teeth may become stained from various foods, drinks, and other substances. If you want a brighter smile this year, then consider using a tooth-whitening product such as a whitening toothpaste or a dentist-approved, over-the-counter whitening system. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment with a dentist for professionally applied bleaching products.
Restore Your Smile
Are you missing teeth, or do you have an abnormal bite? Restorative dentistry can help get your smile back to its original beauty with crowns or implants to replace lost or chipped teeth. Restoration procedures can also preserve the structure of damaged or weakened teeth and keep your teeth aligned properly. Braces can straighten your teeth or correct an overbite.
Schedule a Visit
Routine dental visits go a long way toward preventing oral disease or discovering signs of potential problems before they become dental disasters. Most dentists recommend visits every six months for cleaning and examination.
Klement Dental has been providing quality dental care in the St. Petersburg area for more than 35 years. Our practice provides everything from preventive care to cosmetic services. Visit our website, or call us at 727-498-1959 727-498-1959 to schedule an appointment.