Dental health can be part of the whole family’s New Year’s resolutions. What can you do to improve? What habit can you start in 2020 that will improve your dental health?
Find a dentist if you need one.
Maybe you’re an adult who hasn’t been to the dentist in a very long time. You might be new in town and haven’t had an opportunity to connect with a dental office. This is a good time to look around and find a dental office that will be a good fit for you. It’s always best to have an established dental office BEFORE you have a problem.
Ask your neighbors for recommendations, or see if your neighborhood or city has a newsletter or Facebook community page that can help you with recommendations.
Make 2020 the year that you get in front of your dental health proactively!
Schedule pediatric dental checkup and cleaning appointments.
Everyone should have at least 2 appointments a year, especially children, whose mouths and teeth are changing quickly. With busy school and activity schedules, make sure to get these appointments on the calendar early so that they don’t get forgotten!
Get into the habit of flossing.
It only takes 21 days to ingrain a new habit. If you’re not much of a flosser, starting this habit could save your teeth and gums for decades to come. Include this new habit in your habit tracker app or bullet journal.
It also helps you remember to floss by keeping a container of floss very visible at your bathroom sink, perhaps on a shelf next to your toothbrush. At work, you can keep a travel pack of floss in your purse, or even at your desk. Put it somewhere in plain view, where you can see it and easily find it.
Cut back on sugar.
Reducing sugar intake has a variety of health benefits, including decreasing your risk for cavities. You may find that after you reduce your sugar intake for a while, your tastes and cravings change as you begin to appreciate a variety of different flavors.
Work towards reducing refined sugars, and replacing process snacks with whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
Aside from raising your risk for a number of different cancers, smoking also doubles your risk for gum disease and tooth loss.
Happy New Year!
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. We have the ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs as we have treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options. We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to be on staff at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals.