“I am going to exercise and lose weight!” has become a standard resolution as we enter into a new year. Despite the statistics on how often this resolution falls short, it emphasizes the spirit and hopefulness we have that we can overall, be healthier in the New Year.
Oral health is an important aspect of overall health. So even if you can’t reach all your goals, here are some simple tips on improving your oral and overall health in 2014.
Brush Twice a Day
We have grown to learn the benefits of brushing in the morning; but at the end of a long day, it feels like a chore, doesn’t it? But the importance of this routine cannot be overemphasized. Food particles stuck between your teeth make a feast for germs while you are asleep. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for good oral health.
Use Floss or Interdental Cleaner
Fine food particles stuck between your teeth are a tough task for your toothbrush to clean. These food particles, if not cleaned out, can become a breeding ground for bacteria leading to numerous oral health problems. Flossing is not an option but an essential part of oral hygiene. If you have missed out on this aspect of oral hygiene, it is time to get between your teeth and resolve to floss at least once a day.
A Healthy and Balanced Diet
Many tend to ignore the fact that what you eat has an effect on your oral health. A sweet tooth is anything but nice to your teeth. Alcohol and tobacco consumption is also detrimental. Instead, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants , and which will help fight gum inflammation and plaque formation.
Having good oral hygiene is very important for your overall health and confidence. Ensure that you visit your dentist at least once a year and follow their suggestions. With proper motivation and discipline you will be able to keep up with your New Year resolution and ensure a healthy smile for many more years to come.