The new year has begun and the time is here for you to begin thinking about your oral health goals for 2022. When you make oral health goals part of your 2022 new year health resolutions, you might find you’re on the right track to achieving even bigger goals throughout the year. Even small changes can bring significant results to your oral health.

When you spruce up your oral health care, it comes with an added bonus:

  • Improvement in your oral health
  • Improvement in your overall health

It is conclusive that your overall well-being and state of health are directly impacted by how well you take care of your mouth and teeth. Another benefit of adding an oral health goal to your new year’s resolution list is this one will be easy to achieve and low stress. It is a lot easier to promise to brush your teeth than to try giving up favorite foods or committing to strict exercise programs. Try one or all of these goals for improving your oral health in 2022.

Make Flossing Part of Your Daily Oral Health Routine

Flossing is so simple, yet one of the best things you can do for better oral health. This process will only add about two minutes to your brushing routine and is a crucial part of maintaining good oral health.

Even the best toothbrush and the most dedicated brushing routine cannot get your teeth 100% clean. There are too many places between your teeth that you are not going to be able to reach with a brush, no matter how much you’ve spent on it, or how good it claims to be. There are still going to be places for bacteria and food particles to hide that quickly turn into tooth decay.

If you do not remove the food particles and bacteria from between your teeth, it could also lead to gum disease. Dental floss costs you pennies to use, and when done as a routine, it can save you a lot of money on dental care in the long run.

Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Quitting smoking can be a double new year’s resolution. Stopping this habit will not only benefit your overall health but will make great improvements to your oral health. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, tooth decay, as well as throat and oral cancers. Smoking is not only a serious oral health risk, but it also has an aesthetic downside as it causes unattractive stains on your teeth which is difficult to remove and will dull your smile.

Buy Yourself a New Toothbrush

A lot of people don’t pay much attention to the age of their toothbrushes. A toothbrush gets a lot of use if you are brushing your teeth twice a day as recommended. Over time this brush will become worn out with flattened bristles which can harm your teeth more than help them. Old bristles can impact your gum lines, and they will no longer be able to get in between your teeth to properly clean them. Old, flat bristles can’t make contact with the surfaces and crevices like new brushes are able to do.

You should replace your electric toothbrush head, or toothbrush every three months. When you pick out a replacement, you should buy the best one you can afford. The cost of a good quality toothbrush is minimal compared to the oral care costs you could face down the road.

Eat Healthier

A healthy diet leads to an overall healthier lifestyle. Eating more vegetables and fruits is excellent for your teeth. If you choose crunchy, crisp vegetables and fruits as your snacks, they will help remove plaque from your teeth. There is also an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins with are crucial in preventing gum disease and other oral health problems.

Where to Learn More About Oral Health Goals for 2022

Palm Beach Gardens Dentist, Michael Quasha has been providing the Palm Beach Gardens and surrounding communities with excellent dental care for more than twenty years. We offer you a full range of dental services and are ready to talk with you about improving your oral health for 2022. Call today and talk to one of our experienced staff members to schedule an appointment or discuss any oral health questions you may have.

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