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Some dental hygiene resolutions for the new year

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

The holiday season is upon us and New Year’s Day is just around the corner.

While many people make the standard New Years resolutions (lose weight, exercise more), here are a few suggestions to add to the list.

These dental resolutions are not difficult or expensive – but they can really improve the health of your teeth and gums.

1. If you do not floss your teeth, start now. The saying that “you should only floss the teeth you want to keep” holds a lot of truth.  If you floss occasionally, try to make it a part of your regular routine. Your dental hygienist will see a difference in the health of your mouth.

2. Change your toothbrush regularly. When you see that the bristles are wearing or become splayed, it is time for a new brush.  Always get a new toothbrush after a cold or illness. Germs can linger on the brush causing re-infections.

3. Purchase and use an over-the-counter antiseptic mouth rinse (do not confuse these mouth rinses with regular mouth wash). The antiseptic mouth rinse will fight infection in the mouth, as well as promote the longevity of existing dental work. Your dental hygienist can tell you more about these products and recommend a brand for you.

4. Make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned and checked.  Most dental problems begin small and, if treated early, can be resolved in a cost effective manner. In challenging economic times, many dental offices are finding ways to make dentistry more affordable.

Adding these four resolutions to your New Years list can help you greatly in the management of your oral health.

Another suggestion – use your dental hygienist as a resource. Most hygienists are well-trained, knowledgeable, good communicators, and are happy to answer patient questions.

As 2019 arrives, resolve to make your mouth healthier. Your dental health team will be glad to help you achieve your goals.

Happy New Year!