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Include Your Dental Health When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

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Mother and daughter brushingBecause New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to follow through with, it’s not surprising to learn that only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions. Our problem with New Year’s goals may be the way that we approach them, or it may be an issue with the resolutions themselves.

Dental Health Resolutions

Here at Camp Little Tooth, we suggest adding a few oral hygiene resolutions to your list of goals this year. Below are a few suggestions for resolutions that, with a little effort and time, can be simple to keep as well as beneficial to your dental and overall health:

  • Brush and floss daily: Make it a goal to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste. It’s also important to floss at least once a day and use mouthwash. There are many different apps that can help remind you to care for your dental health and can even time you so you brush for a full two minutes.
  • Visit the dentist every six months: At-home oral healthcare is important, but visiting the dentist regularly for a cleaning and exam is also incredibly important. Your checkups can help your dentist find problems early, when they may be easier to treat.
  • Quit smoking: Using tobacco products is the number one cause of severe cases of periodontal disease in the U.S. Not only will quitting this habit improve your oral health, but it will improve your overall health, as well.
  • Cut back on sugar: If another one of your resolutions is to lose weight, this one can help you kill two birds with one sugary stone! Cutting back on sugar has been proven to help you shed pounds, in addition to providing a decreased risk of tooth decay and dental cavities.

Making an appointment for a dental cleaning and a checkup should be at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list! Before you start the year off, it’s a good idea to begin with a clean slate, so schedule your cleaning and exam today.

To make an appointment with Dr. Rea at Camp Little Tooth, please contact our pediatric dental office today!

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