One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made each year is to live a healthier lifestyle. This goal is typically met through exercising, eating a healthy diet, and losing weight. However, another healthy lifestyle change you can focus on is improving your oral health.
Working on your oral hygiene doesn’t just help your oral health — it also boosts your overall health and well-being. When bacteria are allowed to multiply in your mouth and develop into oral infections, you can develop health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, endocarditis, and pneumonia.
Because keeping up with the health of your mouth is so vital, Tamir Segal, DMD, and our team at Periodontist of Weston want to share some ways that can help you achieve your healthiest oral hygiene routine yet this year.
While there’s a wide variety of habits you can establish to practice good oral hygiene, here are a few that are the best to start with:
A good brushing routine includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and also make sure to never go to bed with unbrushed teeth.
Flossing has a lot of benefits besides just getting leftover food out of your teeth. While this can help reduce plaque buildup, flossing can also stimulate your gums and reduce inflammation which can decrease your risk of gum disease.
Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash is a helpful way to clean those areas that are hard to reach with floss and your toothbrush. Mouthwash can also reduce the amount of acid in your mouth.
Always aim to see your dentist at least twice a year to check on your oral health and to have them professionally clean and polish your teeth. Even with a regimented brushing and flossing routine, dental cleanings are still vital to your oral health.
Practicing all these healthy habits is a great way to boost your oral health and overall health, as well. If you’ve resolved to make some healthy lifestyle changes during this new year, be sure to implement these oral hygiene habits into your daily routine.
To learn more about healthy dental habits or to schedule an appointment with us, call our office located in Weston, Florida, at 954-385-9599 or use our online booking tool today.