Did you know man has been making resolutions for a long time? It is believed to have started in ancient Babylonia. The Babylonians would have a religious festival each year where they crowned or reaffirmed their King. As part of the ceremony they would make promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. Later in ancient Rome, the Romans offered sacrifices to the deity and made promises of good conduct for the coming year.
So here we are again in a New Year and many people are thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. But sometimes it can be a challenge to keep them, especially if we are trying to break old habits. We would like to give you some tips on keeping good oral health for the New Year.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH IN 2019
Of course this goes without saying but it is still top of the list. Ideally you should brush your teeth after each meal and snack. If for some reason you cannot, minimally brush your teeth at least twice a day. Whether you use an electrical or brush manually, brush for at least 2 minutes.
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed or irregular.
Make sure to floss at least once a day. Brushing alone will not get the food particles out from between your teeth.
Vitamins are important for maintaining healthy gums and strong teeth, especially Vitamins C and D. Here are some food sources for these vitamins:
Vitamin C – spinach, kale, parsley, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, papayas, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, and lemons and
Vitamin D – fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil, spinach, kale, okra, collards, soybeans and white beans.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water will help wash out the food particles, especially sugar after you have had a sugary treat.
Get Regular Checkups
Keep your 6 month cleanings and checkups. When you forget or skip your regular cleanings plaque builds up and becomes much more difficult to remove, leading to higher incidence of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. We’ll do our best to schedule an appointment to accommodate your schedule so you don’t miss any appointments.
To sum it up, work on making the above tips your daily routine. Before you know it, they will have become positive habits. You will also help avoid the high costs that go along with extensive dental procedures in the future.
If you are already scheduled for your next 6 month cleaning and checkup, great! If not, give us a call: (702) 331-2121. Wishing you all the best for a prosperous and healthy New Year from all of us at Dr. Tyler M. Christensen, DDS PC Dental!