The new year is approaching quickly. While you are probably busy with holiday activities, it’s not too soon to be making resolutions for 2017.
Most of us probably feel that when it comes to our oral health, there is room for improvement. Committing to a basic daily dental routine and scheduling regular dental visits at the beginning of the year is a great way to start the year.
Here are a few common-sense preventive things you can do that will pay off down the road in terms of a healthy mouth and fewer visits to the dentist:
Brush and floss daily—The importance of regular brushing and flossing can’t be emphasized enough. Every day that plaque stays on your teeth, the more destructive it becomes. Brush at least two times a day for two minutes and floss at least once. If you’ve been a hit-or-miss flosser until now, make a commitment to becoming an avid flosser in 2017.
Eat well-balanced meals—Research shows a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay he has. Replace fast food and sugary drinks with a variety of healthy foods in your daily meals. Substitute fruit, nuts and celery or carrot sticks for sugary snacks. Be sure to include dairy products, which are high in calcium, and fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque.
Get regular exercise—Researchers are finding that people who exercise regularly and eat healthy are 40 percent less likely to develop advanced gum disease.
Treat yourself to cosmetic dentistry—If you want to feel really good about your smile, Dr. Angell offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry options including teeth whitening to brighten your smile; and porcelain veneers, bonding and dental implants to correct chipped, crooked or missing teeth.
Call Angell’s Dentistry to schedule your twice yearly preventive dental checkup and cleaning. Dr. Douglas Angell is committed to providing patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.