Setting New Year Resolutions to Improve Oral Health

January 17, 2019

New Year resolutions are a common tradition where we resolve to change some behavior to improve our lives. Many of us make a New Year’s resolution with the hope we will be more successful than we were the year before. “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s list for improvement. These typically include, exercising more, losing weight, eating better and taking a more active approach to health. It’s great that so many people have health at the top of their mind, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. We’re sharing some tips below to help you improve your overall health and subsequently your oral health goals that you can manage and reach.

One of the first habits to modify is snacking. Continuous snacking can raise acidity in the oral cavity which increases your risk for tooth decay. While it’s important to minimize snacking, if snacks are a part of your routine, be sure to choose healthy options. Making sure to pack your own snacks while you’re out to prevent the inevitable afternoon indulgence. Here are some healthy ideas for snacking on the go:

Choose one of these healthy snack options!

-Nuts

-Cheese

– Low sugar protein or snack bars

-Vegetables: (Carrots, Celery etc)

-Apples

-Plain Yogurt

-Hummus

It’s also important to be sure you’re drinking plenty of water and if you can’t brush on the go, a little swish with water is always helpful!

 

We are a dental office, so we have to talk about flossing. Only 4 of 10 Americans floss daily, and 20% never floss! Flossing is a quick and simple addition to any routine and a positive resolution. A good flossing routine only takes 2-3 minutes per night and can have a tremendous impact on oral and overall health. Periodontal disease is a very preventable disease, with good homecare and regular dental visits, but you can’t expect to improve your oral health without changing your habits. There are alternatives to floss that are also useful, we recommend discussing which option is best for you with your hygienist.

A waterflosser may be a good option for you, ask your hygienist!

So this year include your oral health as part of your New Year resolution and  take a look at the actual habits you can add, quit or modify to increase your chance of success. These may include the topics we covered but may also include, quitting tobacco use, limiting sugar or any other host of small changes. We are here to help you on a journey to a healthier you!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Entrepreneur:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/306400

Colgate:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-10-survey-finds-shortcomings-in-americans-dental-health-habits

 


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