It’s almost January—have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s the time of year where many of us resolve to change our lives by reaching certain goals. Unfortunately, most of these resolutions don’t make it past February because they’re not defined, practical, or reasonable. So if you’re looking for an achievable way to improve yourself this year, start with your healthy smile! Read on as your Washington dentist shares four practical New Year’s resolutions that will dramatically boost your oral health in 2021.
1.) Get Two Dental Checkups This Year
If you’ve put your biannual dental checkups and cleanings on the backburner, now is the perfect time to change that! Visiting the dentist twice a year, even if your teeth look and feel fine, is essential for spotting oral health issues as early as possible and treating them before they become bigger problems. Start the year off right by scheduling your dental checkup, then before you leave that appointment, schedule your next visit in six months so you won’t forget to later.
2.) Learn to Love Flossing
Many people know that flossing is important, but have trouble incorporating it into their daily dental routine. Do you have trouble remembering to floss? Try keeping it in front of or on top of your toothpaste so you see it every time you brush your teeth. Do you find flossing difficult or awkward? Talk to your dentist about using an ADA-approved pre-threaded flosser or interdental brush. Simply don’t like flossing? Try using high-quality or fun-flavored floss to make it more exciting!
3.) Make Smart Snacking Choices
A popular New Year’s resolution is to cut back on sugary treats. Not only is this lifestyle change good for your waist and your overall health, but it’s a great idea for your smile as well! Replacing all or some of your usual sweets with healthier alternatives that are high in calcium, fiber, and vitamin C will drastically lower your risk of tooth decay and promote healthier gum tissue.
4.) Break Bad Chewing Habits
While the New Year is a great time to start healthy habits, it’s also the perfect time to break bad ones. If you tend to chew on hard objects like pen caps, ice, or your fingernails, you’re wearing down your enamel. Eventually, this will lead to weakened, sensitive teeth that are at a significantly higher risk of decay, discoloration, and damage. If you need to chew on something, try a piece of sugarless gum or bite into an apple instead.
Resolving to improve your oral health this year is an attainable goal that will benefit both your smile and your overall health. Consider making one or more of the above New Year’s resolutions to improve your teeth and gums in 2021 and the rest of your life.
About the Practice
Dr. Barry Bartusiak has been serving the smiles of his hometown of Washington and the surrounding communities since 1989. He is proud to offer excellent dental care services and equally outstanding customer service in a welcoming, state-of-the-art practice. With an emphasis on preventive dentistry, regular checkups, and patient education, he aims to help his patients learn more about their smiles and prevent any problems from developing. If you have more questions, he can be reached at his website or at (724) 225-3680.