Do you want to keep your smile in tip top shape in 2017? If so, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to care for your teeth and gums. The great news is that with simple steps taken at-home, combined with routine professional preventive dental care, you really can avoid cavities in the coming year. Just make sure this is one resolution you stick to, if you want to enjoy prolonged oral health!
Mix Dental Hygiene with a Healthy Diet
Two of the simplest yet most important ways to care for your smile are by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. While most people do brush at least once a day, not all brush twice a day, as recommended by dentists. Even fewer commit to flossing every day, which is essential to protecting oral health.
It can be helpful to realize that when you are only brushing your teeth, approximately one third of your teeth is remaining dirty. This is the portion of the teeth that is located in the crevices, where toothbrush bristles simply cannot effectively reach. To avoid plaque buildup, and the acid erosion that can come along with it, make sure you are flossing once a day, as recommended by your preventive dentist.
It is also helpful to eat a nutrient-rich diet that is low in added sugar. Since the bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, if you are consuming large amounts of sugar you are far more likely to struggle with cavities. Avoid this, by opting for healthy items, instead.
Schedule Routine Exams and Cleanings
Finally, routine dental checkups and cleanings are also important to protecting the teeth. For most people, dental visits should occur at least twice a year, though some people find that they need more frequent visits in order to adequately protect the teeth from cavities and other common problems.