Deciding on some new goals for the New Year is a great way to inspire yourself to make some positive changes that can improve dental health. For example, many general health habits also affect your teeth and gums.
Quitting Habits That Risk Your Dental Health
Habits that can put your dental health at risk include smoking. Smokers are more at risk of developing oral cancer, and if that isn’t bad enough, smoking also promotes gum disease which is a major cause of tooth loss.
Drinking soft drinks all day also affects your dental health because these contain sugar and acids, both of which will erode tooth enamel. Sports drinks and energy drinks are especially bad for your teeth. Instead, keep well hydrated this summer with plain water.
Snacking all day creates the perfect conditions for tooth decay, allowing cavity-causing bacteria to thrive and giving them a constant source of energy. Sticky snacks are especially bad because they adhere to teeth for longer.
Commit to Healthier Habits
This year, commit to brushing your teeth at least twice daily and how about improving your technique? During your next checkup, ask us for useful tips and advice, and we can help with flossing too. Speaking of dental visits, your regular checkups are essential, and we can work with you to create a preventative dental care plan to keep you smiling with good health.