With 2022 here and ready, now is the perfect time to start thinking about sticking to our New Year’s resolutions. What better resolution could there be, following the holiday season, than restoring your teeth after the holiday binge? I’m sure I’m not the only one who had a few too many sweets this Christmas! We have compiled a list to help steer dental health to the top of your priority list this year!
1. Dental Visits Every 6 Months
This year should be the year you do see the dentist as often as you should (twice a year). Get the year started out right with a routine dental visit. Schedule an appointment and reserve a time at (662)234-5222 or www.oxforddental.com/contact .
Routine visits to the dentist prevent oral disease, show existing/potential problems (before they arise), and give your teeth a thorough, fresh cleaning—our team can reach the plaque buildup you’ve been missing in your daily dental routine.
Not only can dental visits protect your oral health, they can save you a lot of money in the long run. Waiting for a problem to arise might mean more extensive (and expensive), procedures that are needed for your oral health. Coming to the dentist every six months means catching those problems sooner to help save more in the long run.
2. Commit to Daily Dental Habits
We all get off track with our dental habits at some point, especially following the holiday season when we stray from a healthy routine. Committing to your daily dental habits is a great resolution for the new year.
REMINDER of Healthy Dental Habits include:
1. Brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time
2. Flossing at least once a day/ WaterPik
3. Mouthwash at least once a day
3. Watch Your Diet
The majority of our society has watching our diet on our new years resolution. An added benefit to this is cutting out or cut down on sweets and sugary beverages can be just as good for your dental health as it is for your overall health. Improving your diet is good for both your overall health and your dental health, make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are adequate to maintaining your health. And steer clear of that sweet tooth!
4. Quit Smoking/Dipping
You’ve been thinking about quitting, lets make now that time. Smoking and dipping isn’t just bad for your overall health, it’s horrible for your dental health, too. If you fall under this category, you are at risk to double the chances for gum disease and increase their likelihood for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, and throat, lung and oral cancer. This can also lead to tooth loss.
5. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Too much alcohol can negatively affect your dental health. A study by the Academy of General Dentistry found that people who consume excessive alcohol have an increased risk for gum recession. Unlike smoking and dipping, you do not have to cut out alcohol consumption, altogether, but you should consider cutting back.
6. Drink More Water
Just like with your diet, if you add more water into your diet, you’ll see benefits to your dental health, as well as your overall health. Let’s make 2022 New Year’s resolution to drink more water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. When you focus on your goal, you’re more likely to complete it!
Drinking more water will help you eat better and consume less sugar. It will also help wash
away bacteria left on your teeth throughout the day, which means a decreased risk for cavities and tooth decay.
7. Complete Recommended Dental Treatments
Have you been putting off that tooth filling or root canal? Get it taken care of at the start of the year. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. If you have ever had a toothache, you will be the first to agree with this. Tooth pain is no joke, and Oxford Dental also has financing options available. Call to learn more (662)234-5222
8. Quit the Bad Habits!
We’ve already mentioned smoking, dipping and alcohol consumption, but there are some other habits that are bad for your dental health that you can resolve to stop this year. This list includes:
· Nail biting
· Opening bottles with your teeth
· Playing sports without a mouthguard
· Chewing ice
Each of these can damage your teeth and cause a dental emergency. Resolve to quit these habits this year to protect your dental health. Have a new years resolution you would like to share? Let us know!