Dental Resolutions

Dental Resolutions

 

Dental Resolutions

by Dr. Matt
owner of Country Lakes Family Dental
CountryLakesDental.com

The holidays are upon us, and with them come the opportunity to take advantage of the pleasures of the season: time with our loved ones, good food, and rest and relaxation.  Of course, when it all comes to an unfortunate end, it is best concluded with newly committed resolutions and a renewed dedication to positive habits.  Here are some ideas for getting your oral health back on track for the new year.

Diet and exercise are typically on the top of the list for new year resolutions.  A diet that helps improve the health of your teeth and gums should also be a part of that list.  Of course, it goes without saying that avoiding sugary foods will help prevent tooth decay, but so does avoiding acidic food and drinks, as these also cause the breakdown of enamel.  Specifically, beverages like juice, soda, or energy drinks can be both acidic and sugary, and because they can soak all surfaces around and in-between your teeth, they pose a great risk for tooth decay. The frequency and duration of exposure can also increase risk for tooth decay, so avoid continual snacking.

For many, financial responsibility may be a goal for the new year.  When it comes to dentistry, it helps to be prepared not only for dental care, but dental emergencies, as well.  Many rely on employee provided insurance plans for dental care, but it is important to understand your plan, what treatments are covered, and yearly limits. In addition, your dentist may offer a discount plan or an internal insurance plan that provides benefits more advantageous than dental insurance.

With good habits come good routines.  Keeping regular dental appointments are a good start to a good routine to stay dental conscious and help prevent dental emergencies. Enjoy the holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Smiling!


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