A new year brings about an opportunity for personal growth and setting goals that will improve our health and well-being. Dental health tends to be an area people only address when there are problems like tooth or gum pain. However, even making small adjustments can have big payoffs when it comes to having a healthy smile for years to come. That’s why we wanted to share a few oral health goals to focus on in 2024:
- Staying Faithful with Cleanings and Exams
For most patients, we typically recommend a professional cleaning and exam every six months. While it may seem like a hassle to schedule, these regular checkups allow us to catch any potential issues early. We’ll also do a thorough cleaning of your teeth, reaching all those areas you miss at home. Make 2024 the year you commit to biannual cleanings and exams. Consider rewarding yourself after each appointment, whether a small treat or a sticker on your calendar. Little ways can make a big difference to motivation.
- Wear a Mouthguard for Teeth Grinding
Do you wake up with jaw soreness, tension headaches, or teeth sensitivity? This can be caused by clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. The abrasive force of teeth grinding wears down enamel over time. Ask our team about having a custom night guard. It will protecting your teeth and alleviating other symptoms of your TMJ disorder.
- Address Any Dental Pain or Damage
Have you been dealing with a cracked or broken tooth, dental pain, or other issues but keep postponing making a dental appointment? Make addressing these existing dental problems a top priority in 2024 before they worsen or start impacting your daily life. It’s all too easy to learn to live with oral health issues, but you don’t have to! Get in right away and take control over any infections or discomfort.
- Cut Back on Sugar
From soda to candy to coffee drinks, it’s no secret there’s an overabundance of sugar in the modern diet. These daily sugar hits feed the bacteria responsible for plaque production and tooth decay. Make your pearly whites a top reason to cut excess sugar from your diet in 2024. Ramp up your daily water intake and choose fresh fruit for an energy boost over candy. Keep sugary treats to special occasions rather than daily habits.
- Floss Daily
While essential, brushing alone cannot remove plaque and debris fully from between teeth and under the gumline where decay often starts. Get into the daily habit of flossing in 2024 to dislodge trapped particles and protect your teeth and gums. It doesn’t take much time but should become as routine as brushing. Consider products like dental picks if traditional flossing proves tricky for your teeth.
Make oral health a priority in 2024! Our teeth allow us to speak, smile, eat, and live life to the fullest. Show them a little TLC with consistent care, attention to problems that crop up, and daily cleaning between teeth to maintain your oral health for years to come.