The start of a new year usually means people are attempting to take better care of themselves once again. Whether it is to lose a few (or many) pounds, invest in self-care, find a new job, or completely change careers, the opportunities for improvement are endless. No matter if you’re one of the individuals who prepare for the start of a new 12-months with a list of New Year’s Resolutions, here are three tips to keep in mind if you want to take back your oral health in 2022.
Remain Diligent About Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Are you brushing and flossing as often as you should? Do you think your teeth are “healthy enough?” The truth is you should be brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice each day for a full two minutes each time. This eliminates bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.
You should also floss at least once each day before bed but are encouraged to do so after every meal if you prefer. And no oral hygiene routine is completed with rinsing. This effectively removes any bacteria and particles left behind that flossing and brushing missed.
Stay Connected to Your Dentist
The American Dental Association and your dentist recommend that you receive a dental checkup and cleaning every six months, which means two visits each year. This is even encouraged by most dental insurance companies and is evident by their willingness to provide 80-100% coverage for these preventive appointments.
By allowing your dentist to regularly check and clean your teeth, you minimize your risk for common oral and overall health issues (i.e., tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, heart disease, diabetes, lower cognitive function, etc.). It also allows them to check for signs of oral cancer, which can be aggressive if not caught early on.
Drink More Water
Unfortunately, this tip is often overlooked, but it is vital to the health of your mouth and body. Your salivary glands need to work at an optimal level in order to help food push through the oral cavity and into the digestive system. They also keep the mouth moist so it is easier to flush out bad bacteria and particles that can damage teeth and gums.
When you experience dry mouth, whether because of medications you are taking, an illness, or a lack of desire to stay hydrated, you increase your risk for all types of oral complications. Once you start consuming more water, your saliva production will increase, and you’ll experience improved oral health.
If you would prefer additional assistance when it comes to taking better control of your oral hygiene routine and, in turn, achieving a healthier smile, don’t hesitate in talking to your dentist.
About the Practice
The dental team at Indy Dental Group wants you to feel confident about your upcoming visit. We also want you to have the tools and information needed to keep your smile looking its best year-round. Of course, aesthetics are not everything, so many of the tips you’ll receive from us will be focused more on the health side of your smile. If you want to take back control of your oral health once and for all, contact us at (317) 846-6125 and let us help you.