What would you like to improve this year? Better health is a common theme for New Year’s resolutions. But too often, people vow to make sweeping changes and then become frustrated when they are unsuccessful. Your dentist in Boston suggests setting small, achievable goals in 2017 instead.
Did you know that improving your oral health can have a big impact on your overall wellbeing? It’s true. Try out these four ideas for better tooth and gum health this year. We think you’ll be surprised at what an impact they can have!
Brush and Floss Like You’re Supposed To
This year, brush up on your hygiene habits. We all know the basics of good oral health: brushing for two minutes, at least twice a day, and flossing daily. Brushing after each meal is an even better idea — but too many adults ignore these habits, and are likely to experience tooth decay, gum disease, and a host of other issues as a result.
Can’t seem to remember to brush and floss? Try setting reminders on your phone, or leave a post-it note (or three) on your bathroom mirror. Talk about your resolution with your partner or your family, and maybe you will find an accountability partner to help you achieve your goal.
Eat (And Drink) Better
It seems like everyone makes a resolution to eat better around the new year. It’s a good goal — and eating more nutritious foods and reducing sugar intake is a sure-fire way to enjoy better oral health, too. But making a general goal to “eat better” is probably going to fail. Instead, make specific changes to your daily eating habits. Stock up on nuts to snack on at work. Switch out your fast breakfast for something healthier for a week, and see if you notice a difference.
While you’re improving your eating habits, take a look at what you are (or aren’t) drinking throughout the day. Chronic dehydration is more common than you would think — and the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease can run wild in a dry mouth. So dig out that reusable water bottle you invested in years ago, fill it up, and smile while you sip on H2O throughout the day.
Consider Cosmetic or Restorative Dentistry
If, like most other people, you don’t see cosmetic dentistry as something that should be high on your list of priorities, consider this. People who have attractive smiles are more likely to be perceived as successful by their peers.
Talk to your dentist at Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates about what is possible with your smile transformation. And if you have been putting off a crown, bridge, inlay/onlay, or any other restorative treatment, make 2017 the year you finally invest in your dental health.
Schedule Two Checkups and Cleanings Today
People of all ages benefit from a preventive checkup and cleaning every six months. To make sure you are staying on top of your routine dental care, it is wise to schedule these visits at once in January. We can always adjust the time and date of the second appointment as needed later on.
Reclaim your dental health in 2017! Contact us to schedule your preventive checkups and cleanings today.