The New Year is here, and you probably have a few resolutions you want to keep for 2017. Here at the Dental Partners of Boston, we want to encourage you to make one of your resolutions caring for your smile.
In addition to helping you feel more confident about yourself, healthy, beautiful teeth have also been shown to help people make better first impressions, eat comfortably, and preserve overall health. Dental health is essential, especially since gum disease and periodontal disease have been tied to systemic illnesses like heart disease and even cancer. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can help the rest of your body to stay that way too.
Dental Care Resolutions You Should Make
Are you wondering where to start when it comes to keeping your smile healthier in 2017? Make an appointment to talk about your dental health. Our dentists in Boston, MA can treat a wide variety of dental problems, ranging from basic dental fillings and crowns to the complex treatment of gum disease. In addition, there’s a lot you can do at home to keep your mouth and gums healthier. Here are just a few ideas.
Receive A CPE
To keep your smile healthy, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends receiving a CPE, or a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, at least once a year. During your CPE, a periodontist will carefully examine the health of your teeth, gums, and oral tissues. Periodontists receive years of additional training to diagnose and treat gum disease, which can help you to protect your smile and your health. Visiting with your Boston dentist and periodontist is crucial—especially if you haven’t done so in years.
Healthy eating can also help you to keep your teeth clean and healthy, since starchy, sugary foods have been shown to cause tooth decay and speed gum disease. Focus on eating plenty of lean proteins, fresh fruits, and crunchy vegetables to ward off periodontal disease.
Evaluate Your Daily Habits
Think carefully about your daily dental habits, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and wearing orthodontic appliances. Focus on honing your habits by setting timers on your phone creating an easy-to-follow weekly schedule for dental upkeep. Small changes can make a big difference.
Use A Straw
If you like to sip acidic, sugary soda or heavily pigmented juices, use a straw. Doing something as simple as grabbing a straw and using it to drink your beverages can keep sugar, dyes, and acids from coming into contact with the front of your teeth—helping them to stay clean, white, and healthy. Of course we do also offer teeth whitening to all of our Boston patients if you have had any discoloration you’d like to fix with your smile.
Focus On Hydration
Staying hydrated is crucial in the fight against gum disease, since water can help to neutralize bacterial acids, rinse away food particles, and keep the gum tissues hydrated and healthy. To make it easier to consume more water, invest in a high quality water bottle and use it all throughout the day.
In addition to leaving behind a tarry film on your teeth, smoking also makes it hard for your gingival tissues to heal and introduces new bacteria to the area. If you smoke, stopping is a great step to keep your teeth and gums healthier.
For more information about improving your dental care habits, talk with one of our Boston dentists today.