With the New Year here, you have probably already made your New Year resolutions. You may have committed to resolving to save money, get a better job or lose weight. Many people set new goals about having a healthier lifestyle in the new year. But it’s not too late to think about improving your dental health, as well as your smile!
Any of the following approaches will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile in 2016:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral disorders.
- Quit smoking or using other tobacco products: Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer
- Limit your alcohol intake: According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing).
- Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
- See your dentist regularly.