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Healthy Habits for the New Year from Your Family Dentist

January 21, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbianteam @ 8:31 pm
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Do you have any resolutions set for 2019? The new year is a great time to make positive changes, but there’s a part of your health that is often forgotten: your oral health. Your teeth, gums, and mouth can actually have an impact on the rest of your body, which is why a good oral health routine plays a key role in your overall wellbeing. Thankfully, your family dentist has some dental habits you can pick up for your healthiest year yet!

Maintain a Proper At-Home Oral Healthcare Routine

When it comes to your oral healthcare, it all starts with a daily routine at home. You should brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each session. Be sure to place your brush at a 45-degree angle and clean your gumline as well to remove any lingering plaque. You should also floss your teeth once a day to clean away plaque and food debris from in between your pearly whites.

Eat Mouth-Friendly Foods

Instead of sugary foods that can cause cavities and decay, try eating mouth friendly foods instead. Low-fat dairy products are rich in calcium, which keeps your teeth strong. Also, fibrous foods like peas, broccoli, pears, and other fruits promote saliva flow. Saliva helps wash away food debris and bacteria in your mouth, keeping your smile clean even when you can’t brush.

If you’re going to indulge in a sugary snack, reach for chocolate or something that dissolves easily in your mouth. Treats and candy that stay in your mouth for long periods of time have a higher potential for causing cavities.

Drink Water Instead of Soda

Did you know that the average American drinks close to 50 gallons of soda per year? This carbonated beverage can be a main cause of cavities because the sugary liquid can easily coat your teeth. That’s why in the new year, you should make it a goal to drink more water. Water naturally washes away sugar and bacteria in your mouth that lead to decay, plus, most tap water is fluoridated! Fluoride is a natural cavity-fighting mineral that can keep your teeth strong and protected.

Schedule Dental Visits

Last but certainly not least, you should see your family dentist at least twice in 2019 for preventive checkups and cleanings. These appointments keep your mouth healthy by detecting any oral health issues while they are still small. This keeps you from having to spend more time and money at the dentist’s office in the future.

By using these simple yet useful tips, you can get into good oral health habits for 2019. That way, you can have a healthy and happy new year!

About the Practice

Dr. William Olafson and Dr. Jacinthe Giroux are a team of dentists with a strong passion for quality care. They take pride in building long-term relationships with their patients of all ages in Weymouth. They currently practice at Columbian Square Dental, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (781) 337-6644 for any questions you may have.

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