Happy New Year from all of us at PDG!

The holidays have come to a close, yet winter remains for a few more months. It’s the perfect time for reflection and to create resolutions for improving your health.

Dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and PDG wants to encourage you to make 2018 the year of improving your dental health.  Resolutions are a fun tradition that can be rewarding for the whole family, and it is essential to take small steps to achieve them.

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to get you and your family started:

– Improve tooth brushing and flossing habits

Daily tooth brushing and flossing is a simple way to improve your family oral health.  Brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Brushing alone only reaches about two-thirds of your tooth surface, no matter how well you brush.

Daily tooth brushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The regular use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinses also helps to improve your oral health.

– Eat better

The most popular resolution each year is diet, and reducing the sugar intake plays an important part in achieving this goal. Sugar can significantly damage teeth. Bad bacteria in the mouth get energy from sugar and produces acid as a byproduct. That acid erodes enamel, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. An excellent way to cut down on sugar is by drinking more water, and fewer sodas and fruit drinks, both of which are notoriously high in sugar content. If you chew gum, make sure that it is sweetened with Xylitol – a sugar substitute which can help clean teeth as you chew!

– Schedule Regular Dentist Appointments

Regular checkups help you and your child stay cavity-free, and gives dentists a chance to evaluate the state of their mouth for any potential issues. It also allows your dentist to perform a deep clean that fights plaque buildup, and keeps your child up-to-date on the best oral care techniques. Additionally, it helps your child’s dentist monitor any potential orthodontic problems that would require early treatment.

– Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

– Smile More

It might seem simple, but we don’t smile enough. Smiling can improve productivity, energy and atmosphere at work or school.