New Year, New Smile: 5 Steps to Oral Health

Happy New Year!

Hello, 2017. It’s a brand new year and that always brings new opportunities to change for the better. Many of us are already writing down resolutions and goals we’d like to accomplish this year. If you’re wanting to take better care of your smile this year, here are five steps you can add to your lifestyle change:

Commit to floss

Brushing your teeth after every meal is a great start to achieving a healthy smile, but it can’t stop there. The truth is, just brushing is not enough to get every last food particle from in between your teeth. If you want your teeth to truly be clean and bright, you’ll need to commit to flossing regularly. Keep floss on your bathroom counter where you can see it and write a little reminder to floss on your bathroom mirror so you don’t forget. You can even pack extra floss in your purse or work bag so you don’t forget to floss while at work or school.

Eat healthy foods

Brushing and flossing are great for your oral health, but what are you feeding your body? Dairy foods are high in calcium and are just wonderful for your teeth. Fibrous foods like crunchy carrots and apples call up saliva and scrub away at plaque and other food debris. Eating a healthy diet after the holidays is a great way to start your year feeling healthy and strong.

Decrease sugar intake

If you want a healthy mouth this year, you should consider limiting your sugar intake. Not only would it be good for your overall health, but you would significantly decrease your chances of experiencing tooth decay and cavities. The best way to limit your sugar intake is to simply reduce the amount of sweet treats you buy from the store. Try substituting sugary snacks with fruit and nuts and substitute soda with sparkling water or other sugar-free drinks like La Croix.

Try teeth whitening

If your teeth could use a little rise and shine for the new year, we’d highly recommend teeth whitening treatments! Teeth whitening is a great way to add some polish and confidence to an already great smile. During your next appointment, ask us about your teeth whitening options; we’d be happy to help.


Schedule a dental appointment

Finally, if you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, it’s definitely time to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing sensitivity or any kind of pain at all, it’s very important to make an appointment as soon as possible to address the problem before it gets worse. We’d would love to help you and your family get a head start on your dental health goals this year. We are a new quality and patient-focused dental office in the Springdale, AR area. Give us a call at (479) 340-0005 today!