Happy New Year from the team at Katherine E Garrett DDS, PA! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Now that most of life has gone back to normal, it’s seems only fitting to create an idealistic future and make resolutions. What better way to kick off 2020 than to resolve to have a healthier smile? With that in mind, today we’ll discuss 5 dental resolutions that we should all add to our list.
1. Brush TWICE and Floss ONCE a Day!
It’s time to get back to basics. We all know that the best way to maintain our oral health is to brush twice a day and floss once a day, but how many of us dropped the ball last year? Brushing and flossing are our #1 Dental Resolution going into 2020 as it’s the best possible way to get rid of plaque and prevent gum disease and cavities. If nothing else, resolve to brush twice and floss once a day this year.
2. Have Your Teeth Professional Cleaned (at least once)
If your next professional teeth cleaning is already on the books, this is an easy dental resolution to meet this year. If not, call Dr. Katherine E. Garrett and schedule your appointment today. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family. We know that even when you’re diligent about brushing and flossing the recommended amount, plaque can still build up on your teeth. Annual professional dental cleanings are necessary to clean hard to reach teeth and remove plaque before it builds up or gets too close to your gum line. Professional cleanings also keep your breath fresh, so go ahead and schedule an appointment before it gets too late.
3. Make Healthier Eating Decisions
Want to really step up your dental resolution game this year? Make healthier food and drink choices such as eliminating sugar and sodas from your diet or drinking more water will not only be good for your oral health but will benefit your entire body. Many people resolve to eat more fruits, veggies, whole grains and dairy in the new year, but we challenge you to really do it. Yes, you’ll likely lose some weight in the process, but these dental-friendly foods will make your teeth strong and keep your gums healthy.
4. Quit Smoking!
Without jumping on a soapbox, any form of tobacco use is bad and we hope that you’ll really resolve to quit using it in 2020. Not only does smoking, vaping, and dipping open up cancer’s door, it also stains your teeth, contributes to gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. If you need more reasons why you should quit smoking or how to quit, the Heart Association is a great resource.
5. Save Up for Dental Work
No one wants to think about unexpected expenses at the beginning of the year, especially dental expenses, but while we’re talking about dental resolutions – it’s a good time to consider what dental work you may need to have done. Better to have a plan and money saved than to have unexpected fillings, crowns or implants sneak up on you. Or, if you’ve been considering whitening your teeth, or cosmetic dental work now is a great time to save up.
On a similar note, if you have children, you definitely want to plan ahead. From accidents on the ball field to braces and wisdom teeth, kids’ dental coverage plans can really add up. So, this year, resolve to plan ahead and save up!
Need help fulfilling your Dental Resolutions this year?
Whether or not you choose to make dental resolutions this year, be sure to give us a call. Dr. Katherine E. Garrett can help you devise the best plan for your teeth in 2020.