New year, new you, new smile. While “lose weight” and “get more organized” are common goals, one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being is to take care of your teeth. Taking care of your teeth can involve:
- Brushing your teeth
- Cutting down on sugar
- Drinking more water
- Seeing your dentist regularly
Rentschler & Rhee Dentistry can help you get and stay on track with your resolutions for better dental and oral health. Begin 2023 off on the right foot by having your teeth cleaned and evaluated.
Brush Twice a Day
Regarding resolutions, it’s most effective to begin with the most basic ones. Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth, gums, and a beautiful smile. In the early morning, it not only removes “morning breath”, but also eradicates bacteria in the mouth that lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. During the night, it’s even more important to brush your teeth. Any amount of sugar in food or drink can adhere to your teeth and promote the growth of bacteria that produce acids that demineralize your enamel, this causes cavities and decay.
Floss Once a Day
Ensure that you floss your teeth on a regular basis. This is essential to maintaining teeth and gum health because it removes debris and particles that brushing can’t reach. Whether you employ a water flosser or traditional flossing, make sure you utilize it every night in order to reach between and behind your teeth, where food particles are located.
Say Goodbye to Sugary Drinks
It’s no secret that sugary drinks are detrimental to your health. Sugar promotes the growth of bacteria, which in turn produces an acid that damages your teeth. If you eat a piece of candy, it will be gone in a few minutes and you can drink some water to clean your mouth. Sweetened drinks are particularly detrimental to teeth because they increase the time spent with sugar. If you are consuming soda during the afternoon, this is more damaging than eating a small portion of dessert for 5 minutes.
Drink More Water
Increasing the amount of water you drink seems sensible if you want to eliminate sugary drinks. Additionally, the water’s effects on your teeth are what cause the rinsing of debris and sugar. Hydration promotes the production of saliva, which is important in maintaining your teeth’s cleanliness between brushings. Water that is fluoridated has fluoride, which increases the mineral content of your teeth and increases the hardness of your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist Twice This Year
You should have dental cleaning and examination every 6 months, so aim to visit your dentist professionally twice this year. By this method, all tartar will be removed and your dentist will notice any issues, such as small cavities or minor gum disease that existed prior to becoming serious, such as a broken tooth or gingivitis.
When you implement all of these resolutions, you can have confidence that your smile will remain healthy and vibrant throughout the year. Schedule a Checkup with Rentschler & Rhee Dentistry today. Reach us at (951) 735-2608. We are here to help.