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As the New Year approaches, it’s time to make your traditional New Year’s resolutions! Now, we know this is generally a time for new body weight or personal goals, but it can also be a time for smile goals. Your oral health is important to us, and Dr. Maureen Toal encourages you to finally achieve the smile of your dreams by making the following New Year’s resolutions:

Brush properly
Many people brush their teeth each day, but they don’t brush properly. To help you brush properly, work on brushing for two minutes twice a day. We also recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Do your best to thoroughly scrub each tooth, and make sure you are soft as you brush along the gum line.

Floss daily
Flossing is just as important as brushing, so it’s best that you floss your smile at least once a day. Flossing will help you free the food particles that are stuck between your teeth, and it will also remove the plaque that grows in the crevices of your smile. This task will help you further prevent gum disease.

Chew sugarless gum
Sugarless gum is a product that can help you frequently clean your smile and prevent tooth decay. As you chew, your mouth will produce saliva. The saliva will then rinse your teeth and will neutralize the acids in your mouth, protecting your smile from dental issues.

Have a healthy diet
Having a healthy diet will help you maintain a strong and reliable oral health. This is because there are foods that are both good and bad for your teeth. So, do your best to avoid eating the unhealthy foods, like sugary treats and candy, and eat more teeth-healthy foods, like fresh fruits and veggies.

Visit your dentist
Make sure you visit your dentist twice this year. It’s very important that you professionally clean and examine your smile every six months. If you don’t, your smile will be vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. So, do your best to commit to your dental visits this year.

If you make these New Year’s resolutions, you will have the healthy and beautiful smile you have always wanted! These five tasks will keep your smile in tip-top shape throughout the year, and we are so excited to see what you can do for your teeth and gums. If you need additional help or advice, please feel free to call Center For Dental Rehabilitation today at 602.485.0505. We will be happy to help you in any way we can. We also encourage you to call our office now and schedule next year’s first cleaning appointment!