New Year, New Smile: How to Keep Up on Dental Health

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As you enter the new year, keeping up with, or getting started on, your oral health is a great way to ring in the benefits of a healthy smile. When your mouth is happy, it can also affect the rest of your body in beneficial ways. Here’s our advice for a bright, healthy smile in 2024.

Brush & Floss Regularly

Don’t approach your at-home oral care from a laissez-faire point of view. Take control by brushing at least twice daily for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush and your favorite toothpaste. Follow up with your favorite floss, and you’re all set to protect your smile at home. If you want to take an extra step, follow up with an anti-bacterial, fluoridated mouthwash.

Watch What You Eat

It’s important not to restrict yourself from your favorite foods and drinks. All foods can be good foods when you practice moderation and mindfulness. Bacteria love to feast on sugar, so watch your sugar intake from food and drink. Excess sugar can also lead to dry mouth and dehydration, making it harder for your mouth to wash away food, bacteria, and acids. All of these factors combined can lead to cavities and other oral complications. Avoid chewing on hard things like ice and pen caps to avoid accidental breakage.

Conversely, you can help your mouth stay healthy by upping your intake of fruits and vegetables. Many fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and water, all of which help your mouth and body feel and function well. Staying hydrated also aids in saliva production to help you wash away food particles and acids.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Elgin & Schaumburg, Illinois

A great year of oral health starts with good oral hygiene at home. It’s also important to follow up regularly with your dentist. They’ll remove any plaque and tartar buildup and check for any signs of complications.

At High Point Dentistry, our top priority is you. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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