It’s a new year. And millions of people are making, or following, resolutions to spark a positive change for 2019.
While the recurring themes usually include taking on a more active approach to health and fitness, such as losing weight or exercising more, what about making a dental resolution this year? After all, having good overall health is dependent upon your oral hygiene. So if you’re looking to add or modify your resolutions this year, here are some dental resolutions to consider.
- Master Your Brush
Master your brush stroke, like a golf stroke. While most of us have been brushing our teeth for quite a while, we often don’t do it correctly. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, hold it a 45 degree angle toward your gum line and gently brush in short, circular strokes for a full two minutes, twice a day. Become one with your toothbrush in 2019.
- Floss More
Believe it or not, only about 30% of people truly floss their teeth daily. Flossing is an effective way to remove the debris that sticks to your teeth and creates bacteria that can lead to plaque. Brushing your teeth daily is great, but your toothbrush can’t reach certain places within your mouth, where food particles build up. And the longer your teeth are exposed to bacteria, the more susceptible they become to gum disease and cavities. The good news? You can help keep your teeth and gums healthy by flossing every day.
- Smile More
When you smile, you feel better, and so does everybody around you. Smiling has proven to improve happiness, self-confidence and longevity. And what’s a great way to enhance your smile? Teeth whitening. We offer great options from custom made take-home custom teeth whitening kits to in-office Opalescence “boost” cosmetic teeth whitening – walk out in an hour with brighter smile! Smile more this year – schedule a teeth whitening consultation.
- Don’t Skip Your Dental exams + Teeth Cleanings
Maintain good oral health with regular dental visits. It will go a long way towards keeping your gums and teeth healthy, and it will help us stay on top of your dental health before more serious, and potentially costly, dental problems arise. Preventative care is cheaper than restorative care, so schedule regular checkups and teeth cleanings every six months to ensure a clean bill of dental health.
- Protect & Preserve Your Teeth
Keep your teeth healthy, they’re the only ones you have. If staying in shape is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year, consider wearing a custom fitted sports mouthguard. The American Dental Association (ADA) recently compiled a list of recreational and competitive sports where participants should consider using a sports mouth guard – from basketball to snowboarding! Do you grind your teeth? You could be grinding your teeth when you sleep, or even during the day, and not even be aware of it. Teeth grinding is caused by stress, sleep disorders, an imbalanced bite, where your upper and lower teeth can’t properly close together, or TMJ disorder. Whatever the cause, teeth grinding can lead to chronic chipped or cracked teeth, as well as teeth sensitivity. The good news is that a teeth grinding mouth guard can help preserve the longevity of your teeth, and it’s less expensive than the cost of repairing broken teeth with dental crowns, or fixing broken restorations, like fillings. If you think you’re grinding your teeth, please call us at (206) 242-0066 to have your teeth examined and learn about possible dental solutions.
When you take good care of your teeth, you’re taking care of your overall health. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll probably smile more too. And more smiles for the New Year is something that everyone can appreciate! Happy New Year from all of us at Beffa Dental, your friendly Burien dentist.