New Year Resolutions for Improved Oral Health

January 10, 2019

With the New Year here, many of us are contemplating how we can make this year even better than the last. Year after year “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s list for improvement. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating more healthily and taking a more active approach to health. It’s great that so many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some tips below to help you improve your oral health and subsequently your overall health with goals you can manage and reach.

One of the first habits to modify is snacking. Continuous snacking can raise acidity in the oral cavity which increases your risk for tooth decay. While it’s important to minimize snacking, if snacks are a part of your routine, be sure to choose healthy options. Making sure to pack your own snacks if you’re out and about will prevent the inevitable afternoon indulgence. Here are some healthy ideas for snacking on the go:

Choose one of these healthy options!

Choose one of these healthy options!

-Nuts

-Cheese

– Low sugar protein or snack bars

-Vegetables: (Carrots, Celery etc)

-Apples

-Plain Yogurt

-Hummus

 

It’s also important to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and if you can’t brush on the go, a little swish with water is always helpful!

Seeing as we are a dental office, we have to talk about flossing. Only 4 of 10 Americans floss daily, and 20% never floss! Flossing is a quick and simple addition to any routine. A good flossing routine only takes 2-3 minutes per night and can have a tremendous impact on oral and overall health. Periodontal disease is a very preventable disease, with good homecare and regular dental visits, but you can’t expect to improve your oral health without changing your habits. There are alternatives to floss that are also useful, we recommend discussing which option is best for you with your hygienist.

A waterflosser is an alternative to flossing, ask you hygienist what is best for you!

A waterflosser is an alternative to flossing, ask your hygienist what is best for you!

So this year instead of having a grand goal to “Be Healthier” take a look at the actual habits you can add, quit or modify to increase your chance of success. These may include the topics we covered but may also include, quitting tobacco use, limiting added sugar or any other host of small changes. We are here to help you on a journey to a healthier you!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Entrepreneur:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/306400

Colgate:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-10-survey-finds-shortcomings-in-americans-dental-health-habits

 


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