5 New Year’s Resolutions for Protecting Your Smile

January 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keely Marlowe @ 4:12 pm
Wine glasses and sparklers in celebration of New Year’s

Are you thinking about what resolutions to make for 2023? You may want to consider taking a few steps to improve your oral health. Giving your smile excellent care now can lower your risk of developing major oral health issues, and it can help ensure that you’ll still have a dazzling grin to show off the next time the holidays come around. Below are 5 New Year’s resolution suggestions that your dentist might make.

1. Start Flossing Every Day

Almost everybody brushes regularly, but only about 30% of Americans floss every day. If you’re not flossing, a significant portion of the surface area of your teeth is going uncleaned, which can put you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. A fresh new year is a perfect opportunity to introduce flossing into your daily oral hygiene routine. It may take you a while to pick up the habit, so try leaving yourself a reminder, such as a sticky note on the bathroom mirror.

2. Brush for a Full Two Minutes at a Time

Most dentists recommend that each brushing session last at least two minutes, but most people brush for less than half that time. If you’re not giving yourself enough time to brush, you likely aren’t getting rid of all the plaque that’s building up on your teeth and gums. Try setting a timer right before you start brushing so that you can be sure that you’re cleaning your teeth as thoroughly as you can.

3. Cut Down on Acidic Beverages

Sodas and sports drinks are examples of acidic beverages. Exposing your teeth to these liquids too often can significantly weaken them and wear away their enamel. As such, it’s best not to drink more than one acidic beverage a day. Use a straw whenever possible; this limits the amount of contact that the liquid has with your teeth. Take a sip of water afterward to help rinse away any acid that might still be in your mouth.

4. Snack Less Often

If you’re looking to lose weight and protect your smile, cutting down on snacks can help you do both. It takes time for your saliva to neutralize the acids that are left over when you’re done eating; constantly snacking disrupts this process and extends the amount of time your teeth spend in an acidic environment. It’s better for your mouth (and your waistline) if you keep snacking to a minimum.

5. Keep Up with Your Dental Appointments

How long has it been since you last visited the dentist? If the answer is “more than six months”, you should schedule your next appointment right away. Dental checkups are often your best opportunity to have cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues caught while they’re still in their early, easier-to-manage stages.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Brodhagen has nearly 50 years of dental experience. He has completed advanced training in various dental topics so that he can offer his patients a wide range of dental services. At Brodhagen Dental Care in Ashwaubenon, he welcomes patients of all ages. To schedule your first dental consultation of 2023 with Dr. Brodhagen, visit his website or call (920) 499-2121.