The New Year has just begun and with it, begins a new chapter in many aspects of our lives. The question that still begs our attention is: will this year be any different than the past for our dental health?
Dental wellbeing is one of the most underrated and neglected aspects of our overall health. We tend to ignore dental concerns, thinking that they will probably self-heal. The truth is, our teeth need the attention of professional dentists from time to time.
So as the New Year begins, let’s vow to show greater concern for our teeth that make our smiles as pleasant as they are. For that, it’s imperative that we start by giving them the attention and maintenance that they deserve.
Commit to Flossing
It’s time we realize the importance of flossing in our daily dental cleaning routine. Interdental spaces accumulate plaque because your toothbrush bristles aren’t able to reach in between.
This is why dentists advise you to use a medicated floss to run it in between teeth and clean the plaque before it hardens. This also ensures that bits of food leftovers are also carefully removed from your teeth and guarantees fresher breath.
A good way to get in the habit of flossing is to carry it with you on the go and use it whenever you’re free.
You’ve heard how harmful smoking cigarettes is for your lungs. But you may not know that it’s equally debilitating for your dental health.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that smoking tobacco products causes a host of health problems, including dental problems.
It creates plaque and tartar, which leaves your teeth susceptible to oral bacteria. It also predisposes your teeth to developing periodontal diseases, gum diseases and cause falling out of teeth.
A healthy diet includes dairy products that offer the calcium intake that you need, and fibrous foods that help treat plaque.
If you want to really give your dental health some consideration, it’s advised that you cut down on binge-eating caramel bars and chocolate sundaes. Your teeth need a dose of greens and dairy to stay fit and strong.