A brand new year is right around the corner, and for many people that means one thing: time to make our New Year’s resolutions. Each January 1, we take stock of our lives, our habits, and our goals for the year ahead, and pledge to make positive changes that can lead us to better health, wealth, happiness, and overall personal improvement.
This year, while you are making your list of New Year’s resolutions, take a moment to consider your dental health, and pledge to follow these too-often-overlooked steps to keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, so that your teeth can look and feel as great as the rest of your body.
Even the most dedicated dental health practitioners among us don’t always floss as often as they should, but it is an essential step that should be included in our daily dental hygiene regimen. Dentists recommend that you floss your teeth once per day, taking care to get the floss deep between all your teeth and under your gums. This helps rid your mouth of food particles that can be missed by brushing alone, and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Time-Saving Hack: Using a water pik or air flosser, available in retail stores or online, can help cut down on the time you spend flossing, while still yielding good results. Try the Phillips Sonicare AirFloss HX8211 Water Flosser to step up your dental hygiene game in 2019.
Say No to Soda
We all know that it is important to drink plenty of water each day in order to stay healthy and hydrated, but sometimes we forget just how much havoc sugary drinks like soda can wreak on our smiles. Not only is soda an unhealthy choice of beverage from a nutrition and weight management standpoint, but the sugar it contains can be a chief cause of cavities. If you drink a lot of soda, make 2019 the year you resolve to cut back. It could save you a lot of time in the dentist’s chair!
Delicious Hack: Craving a sweet, fizzy, flavored beverage? There are appliances on the market that allow you to make your own sparkling drinks out of plain old water! Pick up a Sodastream to start making your own healthy sparkling water-based drinks and kick your soda habit to the curb.
Check Into Checkups
The American Dental Association recommends professional dental checkups and cleanings once every six months, with bitewing X-rays performed once per year to pinpoint potential areas of concern before they become problematic. Since most basic dental plans cover this service at no additional charge, scheduling semiannual checkups should be a no-brainer for most of us. However, a 2018 survey by the ADA indicates that only 58 percent of adults visit their dentist for regular checkups. If you are among the percentage that does not schedule preventive dental appointments, 2019 is a great year to start!
Motivation Hack: Schedule a special reward for yourself, such as a massage, round of golf, or pedicure, at the same time you schedule your dental appointment every six months, so you can treat yourself to a little post-checkup fun.
Silverstein & Vinciguerra wishes all of our New Hyde Park patients a happy and healthy 2019. Schedule an appointment for your dental checkup today, and start the new year off right! Call 516-354-1768 to speak with one of our caring professionals. Your smile will thank you for it!