Here are some New Year’s resolutions suggestions from our dental hygienist:
I am trying to get healthier and have changed some diet and exercise habits this year. Since I am doing so well, I would like to add some dental resolutions to my list. What would be the top three resolutions to add?
I commend you for trying to improve your overall health. Change will come one resolution at a time. Since you did not state what your oral health habits are currently, I am going to give you the top three for anyone.
1. Brush 2 to 3 times a day for at least two minutes and floss daily. Watch a video online about the correct toothbrushing and flossing techniques. Small changes in your technique can reap many rewards. Explore the option of an electric toothbrush. (A sonic toothbrush such as Sonicare comes highly recommended.) A basic one is all you will need and they are very effective. Most of them have timers to help you with your two minute resolution.
2. Make an appointment to see your dentist. An exam and professional cleaning will go a long way in making sure that any small problem does not get out of hand. Request an oral cancer screening if one is not done. The dental professional is trained to detect small changes in the mouth. Early detection is extremely important as only half of the patients diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than 5 years.
3. Add an over-the-counter anti-cavity rinse to your home care routine. There are several choices but make sure that they contain sodium fluoride. It is a simple inexpensive way to decrease your risk for cavities. Some studies have found a reduction of up to 71% in decay when used as directed.
Good luck and may you continue to reach your goals in the upcoming year.
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.