Your Dental Health Checklist for 2024January 17, 2024 7:50 pm
As you enter the new year, prioritizing your dental health can be an easy addition to your resolutions. A healthy smile can improve your overall well-being and boost your confidence so that you can take on the new year with radiance. Taking care of your smile is easy with these top ten tips from Dr. Megan Jones!
1. Regular Brushing: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and help prevent cavities.
2. Floss Daily: Don’t skip the floss! Flossing removes food, plaque, and other bacteria-causing agents from the spaces brushing can’t reach.
3. Use Mouthwash: Rinse with an antiseptic or fluoride mouthwash to reduce bacteria and help strengthen teeth. Make sure to use a fluoridated mouthwash, or the mouthwash will only freshen your breath.
4. Healthy Diet: Be sure to eat a balanced diet of nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins, and dairy to support your teeth’s health and cleanliness.
5. Limit Sugary Foods: Take your sweets in moderation. The extra sugars can aid in the formation of plaque, tartar, and cavities.
6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain saliva production, help neutralize acids, and protect teeth.
7. Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings with your dentist to detect issues early and ensure optimal oral health.
8. Quit Smoking: If you smoke, consider quitting or reducing frequency. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancers.
9. Protect Teeth: Wear a mouthguard during sports activities to prevent dental injuries.
10. Replace Toothbrush: Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner to make brushing as effective as possible.
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Staying on top of your oral health in 2024 is easy with these ten tips. If you’re seeking a new place to call your dental home or need to schedule an appointment, call Megan Jones, DDS, today to schedule!