Have you thought about making New Year’s resolutions for a healthy mouth?
The start of the year is the perfect time to make some pledges to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
We offer some inspiration for healthy New Year’s resolutions in our latest blog.
1. I will make that check-up appointment
It’s all too easy to skip a regular check-up appointment if you’re busy and haven’t got any immediate concerns about your teeth.
But even if you don’t have any issues, it’s still important to see your dentist on a regular basis. This enables them to identify any problems early on, which means treatment is more likely to be simpler and more effective.
So don’t put it off any longer — book that check-up today!
2. I will cut down on sugary and acidic food and drinks
Food and drinks high in sugar or acids can cause plaque to form and damage your tooth enamel.
Make it one of your healthy mouth New Year’s resolutions to swap sugary snacks for fresh or dried fruit. You’ll still get a sweet hit but with much less sugar.
And limit your consumption of fruit juices and fizzy drinks, which can damage teeth. Instead, opt for sugar-free cordials, milk and water to be kind to your teeth.
You can also swap your regular chewing gum for a sugar-free version. As well as cutting down on sugar, it will help increase saliva production, which is a great way to combat the bacteria that can lead to plaque and gum disease.
3. I will quit smoking
Smoking damages your teeth and mouth in lots of different ways. For a start, it stains the teeth, giving them an unattractive appearance.
It also means you are likely to suffer from bad breath and loss of sense of taste.
Smokers are also at higher risk of gum disease. And once it develops, they find it harder to get on top of, as smoking also weakens their immune system.
Perhaps most seriously of all, tobacco in cigarettes is carcinogenic (causes cancer), which means that smokers are at higher risk of oral cancer. If you notice swelling, lumps, bumps, persistent ulcers or pain in your mouth, be sure to consult your dentist. They could be the signs of mouth cancer.
The New Year is a great time to quit smoking and start enjoying a healthier mouth, teeth and gums — ask your GP for support and advice.
4. I will get the smile of my dreams
Have you wondered what a bright, white smile would do for your confidence in 2024? If so, make it a gift to yourself this New Year.
Talk to your dentist about whitening treatments to give your teeth an instant lift.
If you’d like straighter, more even teeth, then you could also consider straightening your teeth or adding veneers. Make an appointment with your dentist to discuss the options and decide which is best for you.
Come and see your local dentist in Te Atatu
Here at Opal Dental, we love helping our patients achieve their health resolutions and goals.
So why not make an appointment to come and see us in the New Year for that overdue check-up or any of the services we’ve discussed in this article?
We’re your local family dentist for Te Atatu and love welcoming our patients, old and new.
Here’s to a healthy mouth in 2024!