Achieving Optimal Oral Health in the New Year: 5 Simple Resolutions

Posted Jan 7th, 2023

Happy New Year!

As we kick off the new year, it's important to not only set goals for our physical and mental well-being, but also for our oral health. Taking care of your teeth and gums is an important part of overall health and wellness, and it's never too late to start making positive changes. If you're in the Maple Ridge area and looking for a dentist, call us to learn more about dental care options in your community.

  • Brush and floss regularly. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to make sure you're brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Invest in a high-quality toothbrush and toothpaste, and consider using mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and can also lead to tooth loss and oral cancer. If you're a smoker, consider making this the year you kick the habit for the sake of your oral and overall health. There are many resources available to help you quit, including nicotine replacement therapy and counseling.
  • Drink more water. Water helps rinse away food particles and neutralizes the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth, which can help prevent tooth decay. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and consider keeping a water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as they can lead to tooth decay. Opt for healthy snacks like raw vegetables, nuts, and cheese instead.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. It's important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and check-ups. This can help catch any issues early on and keep your mouth healthy. If you haven't been to the dentist in a while, don't be afraid to make an appointment – it's never too late to start taking care of your teeth and gums.

By following these resolutions, you can start the new year off on the right foot and maintain a healthy smile for years to come. Happy New Year!

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