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3 Important New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

A new year means a new start for your dental health! Keep your smile bright and healthy with these 3 dental New Year’s resolutions:

Commit to a Dental Appointment

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), about 1/3 of people in the U.S. do not see a dentist yearly. If you haven’t seen a dentist in over a year, you are very overdue! It is recommended you have 2 dental appointments every year. Even if your teeth do not feel damaged or unhealthy, having regular dental appointments can help detect disease and oral cancer that you may not be able to see on your own. Make it a priority to meet with a dentist near Mount Prospect in January, and be sure to commit to the appointment.

Cut Back on Sugar

The amount of sugar you consume is directly correlated to the amount of tooth decay you experience.  Cutting back on sugar will dramatically decrease your risk of tooth decay. Simple changes such as swapping soda for sugar-free beverages, chewing sugar-free gum, and cutting back on sweets are easy steps to not only a healthier mouth but also a healthier lifestyle this new year.

Make it a Priority to Brush 2 Min Twice a Day

Always brush for two minutes twice daily! This is an easy habit many people fall out of because they feel too busy, lazy, or just forget. However, if you want good breath, fewer cavities, and avoid painful dental problems in 2018, then be sure to make brushing your teeth a priority. Set alarms on your smart phone – one in the morning and one at night – to help keep yourself on track. Once you begin brushing, time yourself for two minutes.

Contact our cosmetic dentist near Mount Prospect, Dental Professionals of Lincoln Park, to start 2018 with your best smile!

 

Courtesy of: Colgate