Many people seek to improve their health and wellness with New Year’s resolutions. When it comes to oral health, healthy habits can boost your quality of life and preserve your teeth and gums for a lifetime. Bad habits, on the other hand, could lead to the need for treatments such as root canal therapy from our endodontist
Following are some helpful tips for setting attainable oral health resolutions for the New Year.
Make Wise Dietary Choices That Promote Oral Health and General Wellness
Your diet has an effect on your oral health. For example, consuming sugary and acidic food can increase your risks for decay and weakened teeth. While most people know to avoid sugar and acid, they might overlook the role that minerals and immune system-boosting foods have on oral health.
Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus help keep teeth and facial bones strong. You can find calcium in a variety of sources, including dairy products, vegetables like broccoli, and in supplements. Phosphorus can be found in fish, eggs, legumes, and nuts.
A strong immune system can help ward off oral infections. Bell pepper, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are excellent sources of Vitamin C that are lower in acid than citrus fruits.
Visit your Dentist for Checkups and Cleanings
Routine checkups and cleanings promote a foundation for great oral health. If you’ve missed a cleaning or checkup, it’s important to set up an appointment as soon as possible. Your oral health could be compromised even if you don’t have obvious symptoms.
Treating oral health concerns early on can save you time and money. For example, an early-stage cavity can be treated with a simple filling whereas treating advanced tooth decay might require extensive restorations and root canal therapy.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Committing to a proper oral hygiene routine can prevent disease and help you maintain optimal oral health. You should brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily, preferably at nighttime before bed. Be sure to choose oral hygiene products with the ADA seal of approval.
If your dentist has recommended that you see an endodontist, call our practice to reserve an appointment.