Happy New Year from the Drs. Boyd! What’s on your list of resolutions this year? In 2017, we hope you’ll consider adopting some habits that will help you enjoy a healthier, brighter smile. We’ve listed three ideas. Adopt one, two, or all three and enjoy a healthier mouth and a more beautiful smile this year, and for many more to come!
#1: Schedule a Dental Appointment
Here’s something you can do right now: schedule an appointment at the Drs. Boyd. Having a dental cleaning and checkup in January helps you start your year off right — with clean teeth and a sparkling smile!
Staying on top of your regular checkups and cleanings is an excellent way to steer clear of cavities, gum disease, and other oral issues. Unfortunately, too many adults (about one-third, actually) skip out on these preventive visits. The reasons for procrastination are vast — they’re too busy, can’t make it to the dentist’s office, or simply don’t believe they need to come see us twice a year. Suddenly, it’s been two years since they’ve seen the dentist, and they wake up at night in dire pain with an abscessed tooth. That’s extra pain, time, and expense that could have been avoided with regular preventive dental care.
In 2017, commit to scheduling two visits to the dentist. When you stay on top of these preventive appointments, we can rid your teeth and gums of the plaque and tartar that cause decay and infection. We also really get to know your mouth — and that means we are more likely to notice the small changes that can indicate serious problems.
What are you waiting for? Call us right now to schedule both checkups and cleanings for 2017. If the second visit doesn’t work out, you can always reschedule for a better time or day as it gets closer.
#2: Commit to Flossing Every Day
It’s not easy to remember to floss — in fact, remembering is the hardest part. But flossing every single day couldn’t be more important to your dental health. It’s the only way to remove the bacteria and food particles that your toothbrush leaves behind.
What’s the key to developing a flossing habit? There’s not just one secret (we wish there were). But a big part of it is simply committing to the dental floss. Start by telling yourself that you will floss every day. It helps when you know that not flossing allows plaque and tartar to build up, quickly leading to bad breath, gum disease, and a whole host of health issues.
Next, you need a visual reminder to floss every evening. And what’s better than the actual dental floss? Leave it out somewhere you’re sure to see it after you brush your teeth — like beside the bathroom faucet or on your nightstand. Placing a post-it note on the bathroom mirror can also help you remember to floss.
#3: Kick the Bad Habits
While you’re picking up these two new habits, why not get rid of the ones that are harming your oral health? Smoking doubles your risk of developing gum disease and a number of other oral issues. And the sugar in your morning coffee or afternoon energy drink? It’s attacking your tooth enamel and putting your smile at great risk of cavities and gum disease.
Dropping habits like smoking, sugar consumption, and poor nutrition choices can have a significant impact on your oral and overall health. If you’re ready to give up smoking or sugar but are unsure how, talk to your dentist about quitting during your next appointment.
Remember you can avoid the need for fillings, inlays/onlays, dental crowns, implants, and dentures all together with regular preventive care. When was your last checkup and cleaning? We invite you to make scheduling your appointment your first resolution for 2017! Schedule your check up today!