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How to start the New Year with a healthy smile: 5 pro tips from the dentist

How to start the New Year with a healthy smile: 5 pro tips from the dentist

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The New Year is a time for resolutions and fresh starts like self-care, fitness, or buying locally. But have you considered your teeth? New Year’s resolutions for a healthy mouth can go a long way towards giving you a brighter, healthier smile in 2021. Here are a few ideas from the dental pros at PDG Dental to get you started.

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Five easy New Year’s resolutions that will make you want to smile

Improve Tooth Brushing and Flossing

Daily tooth brushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. It is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. PS: Don’t forget to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food accumulated throughout the day.

Book Regular Dental Cleanings

Child at the dentist

Another good resolution for the coming year is to see your dentist twice a year. If you haven’t been making your regular dental checkups and cleanings (especially with the interruption caused by COVID-19), there’s no better time than now to start. If it’s anxiety that’s keeping you or your children away, PDG Dental is a specialty practice with a team professionally trained to work with children and have treatment options to help you and your family achieve its dental health goals.

Replace your toothbrush every three months

Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months. Why? Bacteria can build up on your brush and the wear and tear on bristles makes them less effective over time. Mark your calendar or put a notification in your phone, reminding you to replace your toothbrush!

Drink more water

When your mouth dries out, there isn’t enough saliva to wash away bacteria from your teeth consistently. As a result, it can increase the risk of cavities. Sip on water all day long to keep your mouth moist.

Child at the dentist

Make healthier food and beverage choices

Deciding to eat well is a common New Year’s resolution for many health reasons, and not surprisingly, dentists approve of this! Cut back on sugary treats to avoid tooth decay and focus on high fibre foods that increase saliva production and scrub away plaque and other food bits. Healthy food and drinks also can improve your body’s ability to fight inflammation and bacteria.

Remember, resolutions don’t happen overnight. Take one day at a time, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier smile in no time.

PDG can help you with your Dental Resolutions. Visit the PDG Dental website, and request an appointment for your and your family’s dental cleanings.

This post is sponsored by VM Community Builder: PDG Pediatric Dental Group

PDG Pediatric Dental Group provides pediatric dental services for infants, children, and adolescents as well as orthodontic services for children, teenagers, and adults. Their doctors are specially trained to manage children’s fears and apprehensions in a positive manner. Four convenient locations: Vancouver, Richmond, Delta/Surrey and Coquitlam.

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