If you are thinking of setting goals for the new year, or stopping a few bad habits, don’t forget about your teeth. Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health, so it’s important you take care of your mouth, teeth, and gums the best way possible. Not to mention, how your smile looks impacts your self-confidence and how you feel about yourself. So, stepping forward in 2022 with improved oral care habits will set you on the right path. Here’s a few suggestions to consider:

Change Your Toothbrush

If you take good care of your teeth that means you probably brush twice a day for at least two minutes. However, when was the last time you got a new toothbrush? You should be changing your toothbrush every few months. If you don’t, the bristles start to fray and aren’t as effective at cleaning food and plaque off your teeth. Ideally, select a soft toothbrush that is more gentle on your gums.

Schedule Your Regular Cleaning and Exam

Brushing and flossing is important but it isn’t quite enough to remove all the plaque that builds on your teeth. That’s why it’s so important to keep your regularly scheduled cleaning and exam. Our dental professionals at Starr General Dentistry have the experience and equipment to remove the plaque off your teeth and identify any serious oral health problems you can’t see. 

Address Any Sleeping Problems

Getting proper rest is essential to your oral health as well as the health of your body. If you wake up with jaw pain, or you feel tired in the morning, you might be dealing with symptoms of sleep apnea or TMJ. Our dental care team can help you find the solution to your sleep troubles, so you can rest easy at night and wake up refreshed.

Set Oral Care Goals

Maybe you haven’t seen the dentist in a long time. Maybe you don’t floss as often as you should. Or maybe you want your teeth to look whiter. There are several goals you can set so your smile is beautiful and healthy. As your partner in dental care, we’d love to work with you on goals for your grin so you can start the year on the right path.

Eat Foods That Strengthen Your Teeth

Many people like to start the new year by eating healthier foods. Did you know that the foods you eat can also improve the health of your teeth? For example, cheese and crunchy vegetables that hold a lot of water can help increase saliva production in your mouth, which fights bacteria. Meanwhile, carrots can help fight cavities and celery works as a wonderful all-natural flosser that cleans your teeth. Next time you see us, make sure to ask us for advice about which foods to add to your diet to improve your overall oral health.

The new year is a wonderful time to embrace new routines and start fresh. Whatever the condition your teeth are in, it’s never too late to improve your oral care habits. Taking care of your smile can enhance your self-esteem and give you a much-needed boost in confidence. Call us today at 254-401-0129 for your appointment schedule it online.