Many people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year whether that be deciding to attack a long overdue chore around the house or a commitment to stop smoking. Perhaps you are thinking about losing weight or improving your overall health and well-being?  If so, don’t overlook a critical part of your body’s health: your oral health!

“Good health often begins with good oral hygiene. Healthy teeth and gums can often impact the rest of your body,” said Dr. Tony Thomas, lead dentist at Advanced Smile Care in North Central San Antonio.

Why pay attention to your oral health

Good oral hygiene is important for a number of reasons.

When you take care of your teeth and gums, you are helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which are two of the most common dental problems no matter how old you may be.

Tooth decay is caused by the build-up of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums. That is why it is so important to make sure you remove all that plaque with good brushing and flossing. If you don’t get rid of that sticky film, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional.

Gum disease, on the other hand, leads to the inflammation of the gums and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Good oral hygiene not only helps to prevent these dental problems, but it can also help to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums. You want to make sure your smile stays happy and healthy, right?

Make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, good oral hygiene has been linked to a number of overall health benefits. 

Research has shown that poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Gum disease has also been linked to an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight in pregnant women.

So, how can you ensure that you are practicing good oral hygiene?

6 tips to achieve better oral hygiene in 2023! 

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Make sure flossing is part of your daily oral healthcare routine to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line.
  3. Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  4. Replace that toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  5. Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as these can contribute to tooth decay
  6. Visit your dentist twice a year or every six months for check-ups and cleanings.

“It’s smart to see your dentist for that check-up and cleaning. That way, we can spot any issues with your oral health or help you sidestep problems, while you are in a dentist’s chair,” said Dr. Thomas.

Fulfill your good oral health resolution with practically no effort. Pick up the phone to set up an appointment. Now that is really easy!

Incorporating good oral hygiene habits into your daily routine can go a long way to keeping your smile bright and making your entire body feel great!  So, as you make your resolutions for the New Year, don’t forget to include taking care of your teeth and gums. Your smile – and your overall health – will thank you.

Remember the Advanced Smile Care family of oral health professionals is always here to help you and answer your questions. Give us a call and set up your appointment today!  Here is to healthy smiles in your life in 2023.