It’s a new year, which means one thing to many people: New Year’s Resolutions. What do you want to be better in 2017? Your health? Your appearance? You can actually improve both this year by just taking better care of your teeth. These 5 healthy habits from Dr. Susan Kutis, your dentist in Littleton, can enhance the look of your smile while making it healthier than ever.
1. Better Brushing
Sure, you diligently clean your teeth every day, but are you doing it the best possible way? Many people only brush once a day, but ideally you should brush in the morning and at night. How about your gums? When was the last time you actually thought about them? They’re just as important as your teeth when it comes to your oral health. They protect your teeth’s sensitive roots while bringing them precious blood and providing them essential support. This year, while you’re brushing, be sure to clean where your teeth meet your gums, and you’ll be helping your smile tremendously.
2. Limit the Sugary Drinks
Cavities are caused by sugar. More specifically, the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth consumes leftover sugar on your teeth and turns it into acidic plaque, which breaks down your enamel. Drinks high in sugar like sodas, juices, and energy drinks speed up this process. You don’t need to give them up entirely, just limit your consumption to help protect your teeth.
3. Drink More Water
This will help you with #2. Whenever you’re thirsty, you should try and just drink water. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will also give your teeth a nice rinse, removing excess sugar and food particles. It’s the next best thing to brushing your teeth, so give yourself a quick rinse during the day after meals.
4. Stop Using Tobacco
Both smoking and smokeless tobacco can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. They can create a sticky film that is difficult to brush off, which make stains cling to them. They also leave you vulnerable to gum disease, which is actually the leading cause of tooth loss. Do whatever you can to limit your use of tobacco, and you’ll start to see dramatic changes in a short amount of time.
5. See Us Regularly!
No dental care regimen would be complete without regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist in Littleton. Two short visits each year allow Dr. Kutis and her team to clean your teeth in ways you simply can’t at home, and give her the chance to catch any dental issues you might have early. They can help you finally take care of your broken and missing teeth, and give you the smile of your dreams with a variety of cosmetic treatments. All in all, Dr. Kutis can do things for your teeth that you simply can’t on your own, and they may be exactly what your smile needs to be its best in 2017.
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The year is just starting, which means you have plenty of time to see the benefits from these habits. Most of them only take a few minutes a day (or less), but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a big impact on your smile.
If you’d like to get more handy every day tips you can use to keep your teeth healthy this year, please give us a call today.