The new year is just around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time to start making your new year’s resolutions! Instead of trying to give up social media or go on a run every single day, why don’t you try to make some more realistic resolutions that you’ll actually stick to? You probably don’t think about your dental hygiene as a resolution, but it’s time to start!

Dental Visits

 

Start your new year with a visit to the dentist for a cleaning and then schedule your next one for six months later! Committing to regular dental visits is one of the best things you can do to maintain the health of your teeth. That new year dental visit is the perfect time to undergo any dental procedures you’ve been putting off as well. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse it will get.

Improve Your Dental Hygiene

 

You only see the dentist twice a year, but your daily dental hygiene is up to you. Make a resolution to brush twice a day and floss and mouthwash at least once a day, every single day. You should ask your dentist for tips on proper flossing and brushing technique as well because believe it or not; you could be missing vital areas filled with a plaque!

Quit Bad Habits

 

Rather it’s cigarettes, coffee, wine, or soda; many people have one or more bad habits that harm their dental health. Resolving to break these habits in the new year will have great impacts on your dental health, as well as the health of your whole body. Dietary habits, such as sweets, could be harming your teeth as well. Try to switch to a healthier alternative, such as fruit, throughout the new year.

Remember, new year’s resolutions are hard, but they aren’t impossible! If you slip up a time or two, it’s okay, as long as you continue to try moving forward. Ask your dentist for tips and resources to help you work towards achieving your goals this year.

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