Most people’s New Year’s resolutions focus on health and wellbeing issues; great purposes that most fail to achieve with success.
Each New Year’s begins with two things: a celebration and at least one new self-promise to improve your lifestyle for next year.
Most of these resolutions are somehow related to health. Stop smoking, exercising, losing weight and improving on the aspects of your body you are not happy with are the most popular ones, yet the promises less people succeed in achieving.
Improving one’s smile is not only a matter of vanity, but it can also help your professional life and your general wellbeing. Because there no such pain as tooth pain, keeping a good oral health and a great dental condition becomes a great purpose to bear in mind now a new year has begun for you to try. This, however, doesn’t need to be hard, boring or seemingly impossible. Just follow these ten tips and discover how little effort takes on your part to improve your dental health.
Choose the right foods. Starchy foods erode your tooth enamel, whereas healthy ones help protecting your teeth from decay. So, if you carve for something tasty or crunchy, go for a bit of cheddar or a shiny apple.
Praise tea time. Drinking plain tea without sugar helps cut down plaque and cavities. Stains from drinking tea are easy to remove with daily dental care.
Engage with a brushing routine. Brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day to prevent the build-up of plaque. Don’t forget oral hygiene is very important particularly under orthodontic treatment, even if you use Invisalign clear braces.
Know better. Brushing is not that good if you use the wrong tools. Make sure to choose brushes with medium to soft nylon bristles and replace them every three months. Also, use fluoride toothpaste to ensure you protect your teeth properly.
Mind your teeth. Your teeth are a very important part of your body, so make sure you don’t mistreat them by using teeth to open things, amend your jewellery or pull heavy stuff. You’ll only damage them.
Quit smoking. As well as coffee, tea, colas and soya sauce, tobacco can stain your teeth to the point you might need cosmetic dental care to whiten them. On the worst side, smoking can cause tooth decay, gum recession and various types of oral cancer, so try to be health conscious with your smoking habits if you find quitting too hard.
Go for Plan B. If you’re out or can’t brush your teeth after a meal (especially if it’s sugary), chew a piece of sugarless gum or bite into a carrot or an apple to help removing food remains off your teeth and stop plaque to build-up.
Floss daily. Try to floss at least once a day to make sure all the food particles are removed from your teeth.
Prevent. Always wear a seatbelt in your car and a mouth guard when playing contact sports, especially if you’ve had treatments for teeth straightening. NHS just covers Grade 4 and 5 misalignment and malocclusion cases, so remember prevention can save you a lot of money.
Visit your dentist. Regular check-ups with your dentist will help you know if you’re doing things right and get early treatments for any dental issues you may have.
This New Year, making your resolution a successful one can be just a matter of self-awareness and a little effort