8 Mouthy New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep

By Therese Vannier, RDA/OMSA January 3, 2018

It’s a brand new year and people everywhere are busy trying to keep their New Year’s resolutions. If overall wellness is on your list of goals, then good oral health habits should be a part of it. Here are eight easy-to-keep oral health resolutions that will help you start the New Year off right.

Buy a brush

If Santa didn’t deliver that handy-dandy electric toothbrush you’ve had your eye on, why not splurge and get one for yourself? And if you already have one, be sure to replace the removable head. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. A new toothbrush always feels great on your teeth and will help motivate you to brush regularly.

Commit to better home care 

Establishing a daily oral care routine at home is a simple way to improve your health. For successful plaque removal, brush at least twice a day using a good toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Position the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line and gently move the toothbrush across the teeth and gums. Remember to brush your tongue, too. Floss at night to remove unwanted goodies that may have accumulated throughout the day.

Get a cleaning

If it’s been more than six months since your last professional dental cleaning, you’re due. Icky sticky goo and unsightly plaque can eat away at your teeth, cause gum disease and make your breath unpleasant. So be sure to schedule an appointment with your dental hygienist today.

Quit tobacco 

Quitting tobacco use is one of the best ways to improve your oral and overall health. Consider free online programs, progress apps, and support groups to help you kick the habit.

Lighten your display 

Start the year off bright by asking your dentist about teeth whitening options. In-office procedures are highly effective, relatively easy, and affordable.

Fix that chipped front tooth

If you feel self-conscious every time you smile because of a chipped tooth, consider making a consultation appointment with your dentist. The problem can usually be fixed with simple bonding or a veneer, and you’ll be able to start the New Year with a confident new smile.

Get your teeth sorted 

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a long list of recommended dental work that needs to be done. The New Year is the perfect time to complete restorative procedures such as crowns, implants and fillings, which will help preserve your tooth structure and maintain proper tooth alignment.

Invest in teeth preservation 

While a certain amount of teeth grinding and jaw clenching (also known as bruxism) is normal, doing it excessively can be harmful to your teeth and health. Bruxism is often triggered by stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are missing or out of alignment. Symptoms include dull headaches, jaw soreness, pain and fractured tooth surfaces. Ask your dentist about solutions such as a mouth guard that can help preserve your teeth for years to come.

Making simple changes to your dental routine now can help establish a lifetime of healthier teeth and a happier mouth.