Have you made any new years resolutions? For many people, resolutions include steps to improve health, whether making changes to your diet or exercising. As part of this mission, why not take steps to improve your oral health as well? If you want to know how to enjoy a healthier smile in 2016, there are a number of simple steps you can take.

Brush and Floss Properly

If you aren’t caring for your smile correctly, you may not enjoy the benefits of a reduced risk of gingivitis and tooth decay. For brushing, we recommend purchasing a brush with soft bristles, as hard bristles can actually wear down enamel and lead to a higher risk of tooth sensitivity. You should brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes each time, once in the morning and then again before going to bed.

For flossing, you should floss on each side of the teeth before going to bed. Remember, flossingremoves bacteria that develops on your teeth and gums every 24 hours.

Eat Healthier

For the New Year we also recommend enjoying a healthier diet. You should cut back on the consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches. Instead of sugary snacks, try adding fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, or low fat yogurt instead. Eating healthier also provides an energy boost and can help reduce the severity of teeth stains.

See Your Dentist Regularly

How often do you see your dentist? Starting this year, make sure you visit the office once every six months. During these two visits the doctor will perform a checkup and a cleaning. The checkup allows the doctor to look for signs of developing issues and recommend treatment. A cleaning enables the dentist to remove plaque from the surface of the teeth which helps your teeth stay bright, freshens breath and decreases the chances of developing decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about enjoying a healthier smile in 2016 then contact our team today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.