10 Great Dental Habits to Start in the New Year

10 Great Dental Habits to Start in the New Year
Posted on 03/15/2016

10 Great Dental Habits to Start in the New Year

Written by: info@brandawake.com
1/10/2016 9:30 PM

Great dental health is based on the little choices we made every day. Dr. Richard E. Goldberg and the rest of our dentistry clinic care team want to share a few great strategies you can implement right away.

1. Improve Your Brushing Technique

There are three simple ways to improve your twice-daily brushing routine:

  • Scrub all tooth surfaces.
  • Use circular, horizontal, and vertical motions.
  • Brush for a full two minutes.

2. Replace Your Brush on Schedule

Worn bristles are not able to clean as thoroughly, so your brushing will not be as effective. Toothbrushes should be replaced every two months or so.

3. Get Serious About Flossing

Flossing is essential for clearing food particles out from the small spaces between teeth. Try using floss holders if winding floss around your fingers is uncomfortable.

4. Schedule Important Dental Appointments

Schedule appointments for dental cleanings and checkups several weeks in advance to make sure you get the care you need.

5. Pay Attention to Dental Habits

Using your teeth to bite or tear plastic and other non-food items can damage teeth and injure sensitive oral tissue.

6. Protect Your Teeth at Night

Tooth grinding during sleep wears down tooth enamel and can even damage teeth. A mouth guard will help prevent these progressive problems.

7. Help Your Family Get the Care They Need

Help aging parents and relatives make and keep appointments for dental care. Older adults are vulnerable to a number of dental health concerns.

8. Protect Your Teeth While On the Field

Youth sports can be dangerous to teeth. Parents should strongly consider getting a mouth guard made for any young athletes in the family.

9. Take Symptoms Seriously

Symptoms such as tooth, gum, and jaw pain can indicate a developing problem. Tell your dentist promptly so you can begin feeling better sooner.

10. Be Willing to Ask Questions of Your Care Provider

If you have any concerns about the health or appearance of your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Goldberg. He can tell you about teeth whitening and other treatments that will help you achieve your desired care outcomes. Contact us by calling 732.251.7722