New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

This 2015 welcomes a new year, a new you and a new smile! Here are some healthy New Year’s resolutions that will set you on the path to a brighter, more beautiful smile.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is important for your overall health, including your dental health. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums.

Brush and Floss Daily

Are you brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once a day? If not, start this year with a new oral hygiene regimen. Keeping your teeth and gums cleaned will improve your overall oral health and work to reduce gum disease, plaque and other things that can be harmful to your teeth.

Replacing your toothbrush regularly is also a great way to keep your smile beautiful. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) it is best to replace your toothbrush about every three months.

Drink More Water

Drinking lots of water is beneficial to your health in many ways, including maintaining good dental health. Substitute sugary fruit juices, sodas or sports drinks with water. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.

Schedule Dental Appointments

Scheduling two annual appointments with your dentist will help you maintain your healthy smile. Regular exams and cleanings will keep your smile shining bright and prevent any oral health issues.

Consider Orthodontic Treatment

Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient and will get you the beautiful smile you have always wanted. It is commonly observed and reported that improved appearance can help a person’s academic, professional and personal success, which leads to higher self-esteem. Not only is a straighter smile more attractive, it makes your teeth easier to clean, helping to prevent oral health issues.

It is important to maintain a healthy smile not just for the benefit of having attractive teeth, but for you overall health. Experts say that your mouth is a window into your body’s health. As we kick off this New Year keep in mind how you can improve your beautiful, healthy smile and have a happy and healthy 2015!