The arrival of a new year is always inspiring. Why not make some New Year’s resolutions to help improve your dental hygiene and overall well-being? It’s never too late to see one of our dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, and start improving your oral health. We would be more than happy to help!
5 Tips for Improving Your Dental Hygiene in the New Year
In the meantime, here are our top five New Year’s resolutions to help you get started.
1. Don’t Skip Your Teeth Cleanings
Your dentist is your partner in helping you maintain a healthy smile for life. But first, you need to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with our dental office.
During your dental cleaning, we’ll examine the inside of your mouth and possibly take X-rays. This will give us a full picture of your oral health.
We’ll also remove plaque and tartar so you can avoid cavities and other oral health problems.
In general, we recommend that our patients see us every six months for professional teeth cleanings. That way, we’re able to catch any issues before they have a chance to worsen.
Not only will this help you avoid future dental pain, but it’ll also help you save money in the long run. Preventive dental care is much less expensive than what it would cost to restore a badly decayed or damaged tooth. That’s why dental hygiene is so important!
2. Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth may seem like a simple task. But it’s for that exact reason why people often skip it when they’re rushing to get out the door or put the kids to bed.
Dedicate two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening for brushing your teeth. That’s four minutes total.
Brushing your teeth twice a day will help you remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and gums.
Take a moment to run your tongue over your teeth. Do your teeth feel smooth or rough? If your teeth feel rough or “fuzzy,” that’s a sign that you have dental plaque buildup.
The good news is that you canby brushing twice a day. Once plaque hardens into tartar though, it can only be removed by a dental professional.
3. Floss Your Teeth Once Daily
once a day to remove any plaque hiding between teeth. To do this, wrap about 18” of floss around your middle fingers and pinch the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Next, gently insert the floss between two teeth. Pull the floss against the side of your tooth until it makes a “C” shape. Then, move the floss up and down against the side of the tooth.
When you move onto the next tooth, reposition the floss between your fingers so you’re starting with a fresh section.
4. Use a Mouth Rinse With Fluoride
Fluoride helps to remineralize the enamel. This is important because once you lose enamel, it’s gone for good.
Patients who have lost enamel are more likely to have sensitive teeth. If you feel a twinge of pain or sensitivity when you drink a hot cup of coffee or indulge in ice cream, you may have already lost some tooth enamel.
The good news is that you can prevent further enamel loss by brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride mouth rinse.
5. Reduce the Sugar in Your Diet
It’s impossible to change your entire diet overnight. But you can start with small steps, like substituting pop for water. Little by little you can start changing your diet in the direction you want it to go.
By reducing your sugar intake, you’ll be able to keep down plaque buildup inside your mouth. Not to mention, it’ll make your next teeth cleaning and exam a breeze!
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This blog post has been updated.