Want to get the New Year off to a good start? Then make the right resolutions! A dentist in Sacramento has a few ideas that help you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible in 2019. Read on for 5 oral health resolutions that you’ll really be able to keep!

See the Dentist

When was the last time you saw the dentist for a checkup? There is a right and wrong answer to that question. The correct answer is some time within the last six months. The American Dental Association recommends biannual checkups for every member of the family. With this regularity, a dentist in Sacramento can monitor the condition of your oral health and perform a cleaning to remove plaque and surface stains that might mar the appearance of your smile.

Floss Every Day

Did you know that people who floss don’t only enjoy the benefits of better oral health, but they just might be healthier overall, too? Research shows that bacterial plaque, which often accumulates between teeth and along the gum line, not only contributes to gum disease, but is also associated with several systemic illnesses, as well. Heart disease, diabetes and most recently Alzheimer’s have been linked to harmful bacteria in your mouth. Flossing removes bacterial plaque and trapped particles of food.

Curb Your Sweet Tooth

The foods and beverages you enjoy impact your oral health as much as your general health. Sugary treats, candy, soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, and foods that are loaded with empty carbohydrates—chips, pretzels, crackers and the like—all increase your risk of tooth decay. Cut back on these, and when you do have them, try to brush soon afterward. If brushing is impractical, then chewing gum with Xylitol will help neutralize acids and reduce plaque and cavity-causing bacteria.

Quit Smoking

If you use any type of tobacco product, then let 2019 be the year that you resolve to quit. Tobacco use increases your risk for oral cancer, whether smoked or chewed—not to mention what it can do to the color of your teeth. Thankfully, there’s lots of help available to kick the habit. Check for free online tools, smoking cessation support groups, apps and of course, encouragement from family and friends.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Make healthy food choices for the sake of your smile. For example, dairy products such as milk and yogurt are high in calcium, which helps keep teeth strong. Fibrous foods scrub your teeth and activate your saliva glands to wash away plaque and food debris.

Make 2019 your year for more smiles and good oral health. You can start by scheduling a visit to the dentist. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Scott Grivas earned his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He offers patients a wide range of dental services to ensure their best oral health year in and year out. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.

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