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Improving Your Dental Health Through New Year’s Resolutions

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All of the Christmas lights have been taken down and the tree has been put away. Which means it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions! Because New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, it’s not a surprising fact that as many as 92% of people will give up on their resolutions before the year is over.

Here at Coastal Periodontics, we believe that the types of resolutions being set may contribute to the trouble we have with keeping them. This year, our office recommends adding a few dental health resolutions to your list of goals for the New Year.

Dental Health Resolutions

Below are a few simple ways to improve your oral health over the next year. With a little time and dedication, we know you can be successful:

  • Stop Smoking – We all know how bad tobacco and nicotine is for our bodies. It causes cancer, heart disease, and strokes. However, it’s also very bad for your dental health as well, and is the number one cause of gum disease in the US. Kicking this habit will not only improve your dental health, but your overall health as well.
  • Follow A Daily Routine – Your daily oral hygiene routine should include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes at a time. You also need to be flossing at least once a day and using mouthwash to wash away any extra germs, bacteria, or food debris.
  • Ease Up On Sugar – Sugar can be especially damaging to your enamel. When the enamel is exposed to too much sugar, small holes can begin to form. These holes are known as dental cavities. Cutting back on sugar can decrease your odds of cavities and tooth decay.

Making an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam should be at the top of any dental health checklist! To make an appointment at Coastal Periodontics, please contact our Portsmouth, New Hampshire office today!

From all of us at the office, have a Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 17, 2017
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