Now that 2019 is here, many of us are making New Year’s resolutions so that we can improve the quality of our lives. Your adult and children’s orthodontist in Frederick MD, Dr. Moles, has a few good suggestions for resolutions that can help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile this year and beyond. Because we know that many people make resolutions they find hard to follow, these suggestions are easy to stick to and are designed to put you on the right path toward a healthy and attractive smile you can enjoy for the rest of your life!
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet is crucial to your overall health, including the health of your smile. If you tend to eat poorly for whatever reason, make 2017 the year you commit yourself to maintaining a healthy diet. Try to cut back on sugar and resolve to add more healthy foods to your diet that benefit your teeth. Dairy products are rich in calcium and great for your teeth. Foods with high fiber content produce saliva and scrub away bits of food and plaque.
Be a Master Brusher and Flosser
By making it a point to do a great job every day of brushing and flossing your teeth, you can avoid some common dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you spend a full two minutes brushing your teeth after each meal and before bedtime and do a good job of flossing at least once per day.
See Your Family Dentist
Your family dentist can help you maintain good oral health, but only if you visit him or her regularly. You should see your dentist at least once per year (or more regularly if advised) to make sure no small problems with your teeth or gums turn into bigger problems which are more difficult to treat.
Don’t Skip Your Orthodontic Appointments
Whether you’re a new or current patient, make sure you come to all the orthodontic appointments we schedule for you. These regular visits are key to making sure your treatment stays on track and that you achieve the amazing smile you deserve.