Make these 3 Resolutions now for better Oral Health

Dr Devine Oral Health

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

A new year. A new decade. A new you. That’s how the phrase goes this year. Some things never change. One of those things is our desire for a tabula rasa, or clean slate, with the start of each New Year. That’s why we make New Year’s resolutions. Did you make a resolution this year? Maybe you made one and already have broken it. Instead of making another unrealistic resolution that you don’t intend on keeping, why not make a healthy resolution that you will want to keep—for better oral health.

A dental health New Year’s resolution may not be traditional, but it could change your life for the better. What should your dental care resolution be? Perhaps you’re not even really sure where to begin. Luckily, general dentists in Nashville at Devine Dentistry provided these three suggestions.

Resolution 1: Get Back to the Basics

Be more diligent about your basic oral health care. This resolution is simple and easy to keep. All you have to do is set strict dental hygiene habits and follow them. For many people, the tried and true big three of oral hygiene—brushing, flossing, and rinsing—start to fall by the wayside. Don’t forget the fourth key step to good oral hygiene – visiting a Green Hills general dentist for checkups and cleanings.

Follow these simple steps all year long to complete the most important dental resolution of all:

  1. Brush twice daily
  2. Floss once a day
  3. Rinse with mouthwash at least two times a day
  4. Schedule and attend two dental appointments yearly

Resolution 2: The Mandatory Dietary Resolution

Sure, many people make a new year’s resolution to go on a diet, eat healthier, or lose weight. Devine Dentistry knows that this is a resolution that you might have struggled to keep in the past. What if you were changing your diet not only to better your physical appearance but also for your oral health? That may be the motivation you need to stick to it. Make it simple. Start by curbing bad habits, like late-night snacking. Restrict or moderate foods that cause health issues. For example, foods with too much sugar can harm both your overall and oral health. So can highly acidic foods, sodas, and processed foods. All of these can be harmful to both your overall and oral health.  Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables like celery, carrots, apples, and dairy. Meanwhile, drinking green tea and water will do you good mentally, physically, and orally.

Resolution 3: Ditch Bad Habits – The Best Resolution

A new year, for some, means ditching the physically destructive habits we all know are bad. Quit smoking. Stop excessive drinking. Don’t abuse your body with unhealthy habits. It’s really simple. Eliminating bad habits that are detrimental to your health and wallet shouldn’t have to wait until a new year. There’s no better time to start than right now. Bad habits like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption can destroy your dental, physical, and mental health. Our family dentists in Nashville can’t think of a better resolution than ditching these bad habits.

If you’re looking for extra motivation, consider these facts:

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption dramatically increases your risk of oral cancer, which is one of the single most deadly cancers.
  • Both smoking and drinking cause discoloration of teeth.
  • Smoking and drinking make it more difficult for your body to heal.
  • These substances produce chronic bad breath.
  • Smoking and drinking are expensive habits.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Nashville

There you have it: three simple resolutions that will change your dental and overall health for the better. Devine Dentistry knows that these resolutions probably aren’t as drastic as some of the ones that you may have made in the past. That’s also why you’ll be able to keep them—not just in 2020, but indefinitely going forward. Following these tips will protect your oral health, and also save you both time and money as you avoid costly dental problems. Finding the right dentist to care for you and your family can make a big difference, too. Start your new year right with a dental appointment. Our dentists are waiting to serve you. That’s why if you live in the areas of Nashville, Belle Meade, or Green Hills, TN, then you need to contact us at Devine Dentistry. Call today (615) 269-4209 to schedule your initial consultation.