New Year’s Resolutions for Optimal Oral Health
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As the holiday buzz comes to an end, many people are getting into new habits they wish to maintain throughout the new year. When considering your new resolutions, don’t forget to put Dr. Sullivan and your oral health in the forefront of your planning! Here are a few key notes to remember when planning for optimal oral health throughout the new year and for years to come.
Preserve and Improve Your Teeth
Tobacco, wine, and coffee can stain teeth to the point of no return! Consider giving up your addictions as a part of your resolution for a brighter smile, and call Dr. Sullivan to schedule a whitening session if you think your teeth could use a little brightening. Preserve your bite by sleeping with a mouth guard if you know you grind your teeth at night. Dr. Sullivan can evaluate and diagnose your teeth- grinding symptoms, and can quickly get you on track to a peaceful, painless, night’s sleep!
Floss Floss Floss
And buy a new toothbrush! The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush every three months, so if you haven’t done so in a while, the new year is the perfect time to get yourself back on schedule! It’s important to remember that although you may have slacked off during the holidays, brushing three times and flossing at least once per day are both crucial in maintaining oral health.
Good Oral Health is a Key Component to Overall Fitness
Focusing on your oral health seamlessly leads to better overall and physical fitness. Once you become focused on attaining your oral health goals, like flossing every day and brushing for two minutes two times a day, your mind will already be more in-tune to achieving larger goals, like going on runs or maintaining a healthy diet! Making healthier choices for your oral health, like drinking water instead of sugary juices, are healthier choices for your body’s overall well-being, and will only make you feel encouraged to pursue further goals.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the energy you’re committing to oral resolutions rather than those in which you might see immediate results, consider the double-duo your body is getting through your commitment to bettering your health and wellness for both your body and your mouth! Oral wellness resolutions can quickly become a part of your regular wellness routine, and before you know it, you’ll be a healthier person on your way to a much happier 2017!
Remember to make your resolutions fun and attainable by taking small steps towards a greater goal! If you find yourself struggling to cut back on coffee, or if you just can’t seem to remember to floss every day, give yourself a break by reminding yourself that every day you achieve a small goal is one day closer to optimal health for the whole year.
Call 707-545-5260 today for tips, tricks, and support with your oral health resolutions, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sullivan for your next oral exam.