Dental New Year Resolutions You Should Make
Going to the dentist isn’t something most people look forward to doing. We always tend to start brushing well, flossing, and more the few days or a week before the appointment in the hopes that it will give us better results when we go but then we tend to stop doing them once we get through the appointment. It’s time to make some dental new year’s resolutions.
1. Make sure that you have an annual appointment and if you can afford to or your insurance allows for it, make an appointment every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Just like the rest of your body, your teeth need to be looked at to make sure that they are healthy and that if anything is wrong that it can be taken care of right away before anything gets worse.
2. Make it a habit to floss at least once a day. Food and sugars that sit between your teeth can wreak havoc on your oral health. When you floss, you are removing the food that is in your teeth that can start to decay and break down the strength of your teeth, causing cavities and more. Floss gently between each of your teeth to ensure that you are getting all the food debris. If your gums are bleeding, you may have gingivitis which should be looked at as soon as possible by your dentist.
3. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Dr. Javier Martinez will recommend that you brush your teeth when you finish a meal. This reduces the time that your food debris stays in your mouth which can cause cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. Make sure that you brush for at least two minutes and that you get all your teeth. If you are not able to brush your teeth then eat a fibrous fruit or vegetable (Ex. Carrots, apples or celery) this helps in removing sticky foods in between your teeth.
4. Don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after brushing your teeth. The toothpaste needs time to settle and work on your teeth. If you consume food or beverages, including water, you could be removing the toothpaste and reduce the effects that it was supposed to have on your teeth. Waiting for at least a half hour allows the ingredients to work effectively. If you have to drink something, sip water. If you have to eat something, consider something like yogurt that will stick to teeth less than other foods.
5. If you don’t have toothpaste available right away, use mouthwash. While this may not have the same effects as a thorough brushing of your teeth, it can help to counteract some of the food and drinks that you have consumed. Using mouthwash in addition to toothpaste can help to protect your teeth even more than brushing alone. Rinse for at least 30 seconds and don’t rinse your mouth with water right after as this can remove all the rinse from your teeth.
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