Start a Year of Healthy Teeth
As the New Year rolls in, you probably have already started reflecting on 2014 and started thinking about your new goals for 2015. As you brainstorm your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about how you can improve your oral health and your overall health. Here at Foothill Dental, your Salt Lake City Dentists, we give you some goals that will help you achieve a healthier you.
Eat Healthy. Having a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is important, not only to your overall health, but to your teeth. Crunchy foods like apples and nuts are nature’s way to help clean plaque from your teeth. They are also full of nutrition and antioxidants that help protect your teeth and gums from harmful bacteria. Simply add a fruit or vegetable to your meal to increase your intake. Instead of a candy bar, opt for some raw almonds.
Floss. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, only 13.5% of Americans floss on a daily basis. By neglecting to floss, you are missing about a third of your teeth’s surface. This can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Make flossing a priority by flossing before you brush. It will hold you more accountable to floss and also helps the toothpaste reach in between your teeth.
Quit or Limit Tobacco Products. Not only does tobacco harm your health, it is also horribly unhealthy to your mouth. Tobacco products can cause teeth discoloration, gum disease, cavities, bad breath and cancer. Tobacco users are also twice as prone to losing their teeth when compared to non-users. By quitting or drastically limiting tobacco usage, the chances of teeth loss, gum disease and cancer decrease significantly. Start slowly as quitting cold turkey may be difficult. Discuss quitting tobacco with your Salt Lake City Dentists, Drs. Stohl, and your family doctor if you are struggling to quit. They will be able to help you and recommend what is best for you.
Visit your Dentist. Generally, you should see your Salt Lake City Dentists at least twice a year, every six months. With the New Year beginning, don’t forget to schedule your appointment for a check-up. A visit to your dentist allows your dentist to discuss possible oral health issues with you before they become something major. Your dentist can also discuss with you on how to improve your oral health regimen.
Drs. Stohl, your Salt Lake City Dentists at Foothill Dental hope that you incorporate these goals into your New Year’s resolution for a new smile. We’re glad that you made us a part of your year. We look forward to seeing you and your family in 2015. Call us at (801) 582-5787 or Contact us to schedule your bi-annual dental check-up.