Are you looking for ways to improve your health in the new year? Look no further than your teeth! In honor of 2019, here are 19 simple and easy ways for you to enhance your oral care this year.
Brushing your teeth is the easiest way to improve your oral hygiene. You’re probably already brushing (and if you’re not then we need to have a serious discussion!), but are you brushing enough? You should be scrubbing your chompers two times a day for at least two minutes each time.
While you brush, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move it in little circular motions. Don’t forget to give your gums and tongue a gentle scrub as well. Above all, avoid over brushing. If you’re too aggressive, you could harm your teeth and cause tears in your gums that lead to mouth ulcers.
Stop procrastinating and pick up the dental floss! Flossing your teeth daily allows you to clean between your pearly whites and reach areas your toothbrush isn’t able to scrub. As a bonus, keeping up a healthy flossing routine lowers your risk of life-threatening medical concerns like heart disease and diabetes.
Antibacterial mouthwash is great for giving your mouth an extra layer of cleanliness. This can help keep away foul breath, enhance your teeth’s color, and boost your overall oral hygiene.
When sugar mixes with bacteria in your saliva, it creates acid that can lead to tooth erosion. Do your teeth a favor and lower the amount of sugar you eat this year. Your entire body, especially your pearly whites, will thank you!
Fluoride fights off tooth decay and builds strong teeth. Fluoride boosts the natural enamel of teeth, making them more resistant to decay and erosion. The stronger your teeth, the harder it is for plaque to build up. Boost your oral hygiene by incorporating fluoride toothpaste into your routine and your chompers will become stronger in no time!
Let 2019 be the year you finally start giving your tongue the TLC it deserves! Bacteria builds up on your tongue just as much as your teeth, so keep your tongue healthy by giving it a good scrub once in a while. You don’t have to brush your tongue as often as your teeth, but don’t forget to give it a thorough clean every once in a while.
While you’re brushing your pearly whites, try to get your gums, too. When scrubbing your gums, be gentle. A light brushing is perfect for keeping your gums free of plaque and healthy as can be!
No matter where you are, never skip your bedtime brushing. Going to bed without a clean mouth is one of the worst things you can do for your pearly whites. A thorough scrub prevents plaque buildup, protects your teeth from infection, and keeps your gums healthy. Make it a point to always brush your teeth before hitting the hay this year, no matter how tired you may be.
Fresh produce is a great choice for your chompers. Veggies are full of nutrients that provide excellent benefits to your whole body, especially your teeth. Remove the sugary and processed foods from your grocery list and replace them with fresh and natural veggies this year.
It’s going to be 2019, make it the year to go electric! Electronic toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and clean your teeth more effectively than a traditional toothbrush.
If you’re feeling tense, avoid grinding your chompers. Teeth grinding causes your enamel to wear down. If you’re a nighttime grinder, your dentist can give you a protective mouthguard to protect your pearly whites while you sleep.
Your entire body will thank you if you increase the amount of water you drink in 2019. Drinking water with fluoride keeps your teeth strong and sturdy. Plus, drinking water flushes away leftover food particles that lead to bad breath. Consider carrying a water bottle with you at all times to help you drink more water in 2019.
There isn’t anything beneficial about soda when it comes to your health. Make 2019 the year that you finally ditch the pop. It may be hard to quit cold turkey, so try switching out one can of soda a day with water. Eventually, you’ll be drinking more water and less soda than ever before.
Fresh produce is a great choice for your chompers. Veggies are full of great nutrients that provide excellent benefits to your whole body, especially your teeth. Remove the sugary and processed foods from your grocery list and replace them with fresh and natural veggies this year.
If you’re a smoker, now is the perfect time to quit. The nicotine and tar in your cigarettes harms your teeth and causes them to lose their pearly white color. Not to mention smoking wreaks havoc on your gums. Whether you’re a frequent smoker or not, do your entire body a favor and don’t even look at a cigarette this year!
Dark-colored beverages like coffee aren’t the best choice for your teeth. Its high levels of acidity and its dark color can cause discoloration and staining. Try reducing the amount of coffee your drink this year and make sure you’re brushing thoroughly after you’re done sipping on a cup of joe.
Keep an eye on your gums to make sure nothing funky is going on. Every so often, check for swelling and bleeding. Keeping an eye out for early signs of gum disease is the best way to prevent any serious medical concerns.
Is it time for a checkup? If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last six months, then the answer is yes! Make an appointment to see your dentist at least twice in 2019 so you can get the proper cleaning and X-rays to ensure that your mouth and teeth are in tip-top shape!