The new year is a chance to become a healthier you. For many, this means making New Year's resolutions such as eating healthier and exercising more frequently. But part of becoming a healthier person is taking care of your mouth, especially since poor oral health has been linked to diseases including heart disease. This week when sitting down to write your goals for the year, why not make a few resolutions to take better care of your teeth and gums.
Here are a list of helpful oral health resolutions:
1) I will brush my teeth twice a day. When brushing, I will make sure not to brush too hard, which can hurt my gums and contribute to gum recession.
2) I will floss each evening before bed.
3) I will make sure to change my toothbrush every three months.
4) If I have not been to the dentist in a while, I will make sure to schedule a visit.
5) I will see my dentist every six months for a routine cleaning.
6) I will not ignore any tooth or gum pain and will call my dentist.
7) I will reduce the amount of soda I drink and candy I eat to try and prevent tooth decay.
8) I will try to eat crunchy vegetables (examples: carrots and celery) that help loosen plaque.
And remember, change takes time. The more you get in the habit of caring for your mouth, the more routine it will become.