As the season of overindulgence comes to an end, many of us vow to look after ourselves better over the next year – imagine what we could achieve if we all stick to our resolutions! Here are some oral health goals for 2020 to help you maintain a beautiful sparkling smile.
Start flossing once a day
Regular brushing only cleans about 70% of the surface area of your teeth, leaving the spaces between your teeth and along the gumline prone to collecting food debris that quickly turns into plaque. Left uncleaned, plaque build-up can lead to cavities and cause bad breath. If the thought of using dental floss fills you with dread, try interdental brushes instead. Many people find them easier to use and they are just as effective (some studies suggest even more effective) as dental floss. Our friendly dental hygienists here at Cliftonville will be happy to give you some tips during your next appointment.
Kick the habit
If you use tobacco products, there is nothing better you can do for your oral and general health in 2020 than quitting the habit. Smoking doubles your risk of gum disease and causes a host of other health issues, including stained teeth, bad breath, gum recession, oral cancer, and lung cancer. The good news is that giving up tobacco can reduce the risk of life-threatening health issues even if you have smoked for many years.
Fill your fridge with tooth-friendly foods
Start the new year with positive intentions by filling your fridge with healthy foods that benefit your whole body, including your teeth. Cheese is full of calcium that naturally strengthens teeth and bones, and also helps to neutralise harmful acids in the mouth. Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as spinach, broccoli, and beets, help to boost the immune system and fight bacteria and inflammation, protecting teeth and gums. Raw fruits and vegetables also help to increase saliva production and clean plaque from teeth.
Avoid teeth-staining foods
If one of your goals for 2020 is to get a sparkling white smile, steer clear of foods and drinks that stain teeth, such as tea, coffee, red wine, and cola. Switching out the Friday night curry for an alternative with a light-coloured or creamy sauce is also better for your teeth. Giving your teeth a head start is a great way to motivate yourself to avoid slipping back into bad habits – book yourself in for a tooth whitening appointment this month to start the year with a bright new smile.
Book a dental appointment
Regular check-ups are essential for keeping your teeth and gums in peak condition. If you haven’t visited the dentist in a while, put a calendar reminder in your phone this January and give us a call. We’ll make sure you start the year with the best possible oral health.
Cliftonville Dental is open 6 days a week, including evenings. Book your next appointment today.