You know tooth health is important, but did you know that your teeth can provide a window into your overall bodily health?
If you have a goal of improving your personal health in 2018, you can’t forget about your pearly whites.
A few easy changes to your brushing and flossing routine can help improve gum health, eliminate bad breath and even make your teeth whiter and brighter. Want even more ways to improve your tooth health?
Check out a few new year’s resolutions for better teeth this year.
Change Your Toothbrush Every 3-4 Months
If you have a habit of keeping your toothbrush until the bristles look frayed and bent, this resolution is for you.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
Why so often?
Over time, as you repeatedly brush your teeth, your toothbrush’s bristles get worn down. They start bending and fraying. Frayed bristles won’t clean your teeth properly. They might even hurt your gums.
If you’re guilty of keeping your toothbrushes too long, 2018 is the perfect time to set a goal: replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
A fresh, soft-bristled toothbrush will clean your teeth more efficiently and won’t cause gum damage or gum pain.
Floss More Often
According to a recent survey from Perio.org, more than a quarter of Americans lie to their dentists about how often they floss.
Are you one of those Americans?
It can be difficult to get into a habit of flossing, but a fresh new year is the perfect time to start. Flossing can help improve the health of your gums, fight bad breath and help you avoid serious dental conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums in top shape.
Make a Dentist Appointment
If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited your dentist, 2018 is the time to get back on a regular schedule.
The American Dental Association recommends one dental visit per year for patients with few tooth issues. If you have a history of dental problems, the ADA recommends two annual visits to your dentist.
Don’t have a trusted dentist in Middle Tennessee? Gateway Family Dentistry is one of the highest-rated dental practices in the area.
We offer a full range of services, including cleanings, examinations, fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions and cosmetic dental services.
If you’re ready to improve your tooth health, contact Gateway Family Dentistry and make your 2018 appointment today!