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7 Easy Oral Care New Year’s Resolutions from Your Philly Dental Practice

Most New Year’s Resolutions Are Tough To Keep, But We Have Simple and Easy Tricks to Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy!

philly dentalEvery year we make New Year’s Resolutions and start the year with good intentions; unfortunately, by the time March rolls around, those resolutions end up all but forgotten. Philly dental presents seven easy New Year’s Resolutions to improve your oral hygiene and your smile.

  • Stop brushing so hard! Aggressive brushing destroys the enamel and makes teeth sensitive.  The best technique is to brush lightly, in circles using a soft bristled toothbrush. Have an electric toothbrush? No need to brush back and forth, simply hold the vibrating brush against each tooth for a few seconds.
  • Get a tongue cleaner. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff accumulates on our tongues. By using a tongue cleaner or brushing it once a day makes a difference, food will taste better and you’ll eat less!
  • Drink a glass of water with your coffee and you’ll reduce the amount of staining on your pearly whites.
  • Postpone tooth whitening until you have a healthy mouth.  Healthy gums and teeth are priorities that can’t wait. You can also find out ways to whiten your teeth from your dentist in Philadelphia.
  • Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 4-6 weeks to prevent damaging tooth enamel. Damaged enamel causes sensitivity and receding gums.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth because the acids in your food and drinks can erode tooth enamel and brushing directly after eating can strip away enamel faster.
  • Eat ⅓ slice of cheese to help restore the pH balance in your mouth and clean in between your teeth. Cheese acts like a tape that removes bacteria and food residue.
  • Eliminate soda from your diet. While diet sodas help avoid consuming copious amounts of sugar, they still contain acids which eat the enamel on your teeth.  If you simply must have a soda, drink it through a straw positioned at the back of your mouth, to limit the contact of soda and your teeth. Research by the University of Michigan presented analysis of dental checkup data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, confirm that adults who drink three or more sodas a day have up to 62% more decayed, missing, and filled teeth than those who drink less.

Your local Philly dental office helps you keep New Year’s resolutions

Penn Dental Family Practice helps you keep your New Year’s Resolution for better dental health by providing convenient scheduling. Our Philly dental office recommends scheduling your routine dental visits once every six months. Discover more dental care tips to help make 2017 the best year yet or call and schedule an appointment today.