Did You Make Oral Health a Priority in 2015?
Another year has come and gone and many people take this time to reflect on the year that has passed in order to assess whether they accomplished all the goals they set for themselves.
Did You Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice A Day?
In order to maintain excellent oral health, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before you go to bed, as bacteria build up in the mouth is greatest during the night. Take the time to thoroughly clean your teeth, gums, and tongue, as it not only cleans away the bacteria, but also to removes any food particles that may be lodged between your teeth during the day.
Did You Floss Regularly?
Flossing regularly is just as important as brushing regularly. Flossing allows you to get those hard to reach areas that toothbrushes sometimes can’t reach and helps clear the areas between the teeth of food particles that your toothbrush does not dislodge.
Did You Visit Your Dentist At Least Twice This Year?
It is important to stay on top of your oral health and be proactive about it. Even if you feel like your teeth and gums are healthy and you brush and floss regularly, there may be things going on inside of your mouth that you are not aware of. Visiting your dentist regularly will help you catch any problems ahead of time and ensure that you have optimal oral health.
Did You Cut Back On the Sugary Food and Drink?
Consuming foods and drinks that are high in sugar increases the likelihood of tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth feeds on the sugars in these foods and drinks, creating acids that erode the enamel from your teeth. It is okay to indulge in sugary treats from time to time, but ensure that you brush you teeth or rinse your mouth out with water after doing so, to help wash away the food particles and sugars that may get stuck on your teeth as a result.
So looking back on the year, how did you do? If you have been lax in one or more of these areas throughout the year, take the time to reaffirm your commitment to your oral health in 2016 – it will not only ensure that you maintain a beautiful smile, but it will help your overall health as well.