The new year is here (as well as the new decade), which means now is the time to start thinking about a new year’s resolution. While it often goes overlooked, oral health is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. In fact, many dental habits in Texas City can have long-term implications that you might not have otherwise expected. Below, here are a few dental habits to keep in mind not just for protecting your oral health, but ensuring better whole-body wellness moving forward.
Cutting Back on Sugar
The amount of sugar you eat is directly linked to the amount of tooth decay you have. However, it should be noted that exposing your mouth to sugar for long periods of time is actually more detrimental than binging on a large amount of sugar in a short sitting. Regardless, it never hurts to cut back on your sugar intake in more ways than one.
For example, if you have a tendency to snack on sweets throughout your work day, try to replace that snack with something container unrefined sugars, like fruit! It also helps to only eat sweets after you’ve just had a meal. Saliva production is higher after you eat a meal, and the higher your saliva production is, the more effective your mouth becomes at rinsing away food debris and bacteria that could otherwise harm your tooth enamel.
Kicking the Tobacco Habit for Good
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking doubles your risk for gum disease. In fact, smoking tobacco hurts your body in many ways and increases your risk for a host of different problems. This includes heart disease, stroke, and lung disease. After ridding your home of all tobacco products, ask your friends and family to hold you accountable as you begin your quitting regimen once and for all. Ask your doctor for additional help if needed.
Eating More Mouth-Friendly Foods
As you cut back on sugar, take a moment to consider adding the following foods to your diet:
- Dairy products (high in calcium, which is great for enamel)
- Fibrous foods like apples, carrots and celery (which naturally scrub teeth)
- Sugar-free chewing gum (to keep saliva production high following meals)
Make Flossing Easy
Flossing shouldn’t be a difficult habit to take on, which is why if you don’t enjoy wrapping floss around your fingers, you should choose a different method instead! For example, floss picks provide an easy handle for your floss, making it possible to reach the deep pockets of your mouth. Remember, flossing works to remove the remaining 40% of plaque that brushing cannot reach. Just flossing once a day can make a world of difference!
Finally, make sure to schedule routine exams and dental cleanings in Texas City every six months. These visits ensure that your dental habits are getting the job done!
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth has been practicing dentistry for many decades now and loves helping patients improve their oral care habits any day of the year, not just in the new year. His office is proud to offer preventive care as well as many other forms of treatment to ensure your smile stays healthy. If you need to schedule a checkup, feel free to contact his office through his website.