unnamed-2As we begin this new year, many of us set resolutions to improve our health. This year set a goal to have healthier teeth and gums for you and your family! Starting new habits isn’t always easy, but following these simple steps below can lead to big changes in your smile and your family’s health.

Visit The Dentist

Booking an appointment to see a dentist is one of the most important things you can do to improve your oral health. Regular dental visits can help spot any health problems early on when treatment is simpler and more affordable. It can also prevent any issues from ever happening. If you have symptoms, such as sensitivity and bleeding gums, it’s time to see the dentist. Even with no symptoms, it’s still critical to go to the dentist. Schedule an appointment right away!

Floss Daily

Just brushing isn’t enough to truly get your teeth clean. If you aren’t in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start. Make a reminder! Place floss on top of your toothpaste and every time you brush your teeth, you’ll see the floss. It can also help to keep floss in your car, purse, or desk drawer if you forget to do it at home.

Cut Back on Sugar

A recent study suggests there is a direct relationship between the amount of sugar one consumes and tooth decay. Cutting back on sugar consumption can decrease risk for tooth decay. Swap sugary treats for healthy alternatives and swap sugar sweetened beverages for tap water. Also, chewing sugar-free gum can curb cravings from your sweet tooth.

Quit Smoking

Besides causing many other serious health issues, smoking can double your risk for gum disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make this year smoke-free by setting the day to quit, ridding your house of all cigarettes, and find the support of family and friends. Ending tobacco use is challenging. Beat cravings by finding a healthy alternative to the habit and don’t hesitate to reach out to your family physician or smoking cessation classes if you’re struggling to quit on your own.

Remember resolutions can be challenging. If you miss a day of flossing or eat too many pieces of candy, don’t get discouraged. Small improvements can lead to a big change. Let this new year be all smiles!