Lately, we have been discussing why you should include your dental health in your new year’s resolution. Often the dentist and dental care is put off because it can seem less important than some of our other habits, budgetary needs, and even our other time commitments. However, like we discussed in our last blog post, “It’s Time to Set a Dental New Years Resolution,” our dental health affects our overall health. 

If you missed our last post, be sure to learn more about the connection between your dental health and chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, stay tunedto learn just how you can take better care of your teeth this year. Looking for a “dentist near me,” visit the Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry website.

4 Ways to Up Your Dental Health in 2020

There are many ways to up your dental health in 2020, stick around to learn a few ways to keep your pearly whites healthy and happy. 

Brush Every Day

There is sometimes some debate as to how many times a day a person should brush their teeth. Some suggest brushing after every meal. At the very least, we suggest that you brush your teeth twice a day every day — once in the morning and once at night. This will not only freshen up your breath but clear away food and other particles stuck in your teeth. 

Start Flossing

We know. You’ve probably heard it a 1000 times — you need to floss your teeth. But really, you do. Flossing helps to remove the food and particles that get stuck between your teeth and your gums — that can’t be cleared away by a toothbrush. If you don’t currently floss, start with flosser tools; these are easy-to-use and can help you adjust to a new habit. Flossing only takes a few minutes — these few minutes can save you from conditions such as gum disease, bad breath, and the exacerbation of chronic health issues.  

Visit the Dentist At Least Every Year

It’s easy to put off the dentist especially when your teeth feel fine and look good. However, going to the dentist can not only give you peace of mind knowing that your teeth and gums are healthy, but the dentist can often catch oral cancer. They can also catch other oral issues that are easy-to-treat early before the turn into more expensive, more painful procedures. Additionally, they can offer fluoride treatments and cancer screenings you can’t find anywhere else.  

Eat Better

Eating better can also help your oral health. Getting rid of sugary drinks and other sugary items can help to avoid cavities, as well as drinking plenty of water. However, what you put in your body can also reinforce healthy dental habits. Having healthy sources of calcium, protein, good fats, and other vitamins and minerals found in a healthy diet can help to keep your teeth healthy. 

When searching for “dentist near me” be sure to always click on Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Wesley Chapel! We would love to help you keep your teeth healthy and happy.