It’s never too late to get your oral health in order! This year, make 2022 the year of excellent oral health. Though this may seem like an overwhelming task to keep up with over the year, maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is much easier than you think. All it takes is getting into some good dental habits!

Most of the things you can do to improve your dental health involve small changes that result in not only better oral health but your overall health, too! Take a look at some of the best things you can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling great for your 2022 oral health goals:

  • Brushing Your Teeth. As you probably already know, brushing your teeth at least twice a day is essential to preventing tartar buildup and cavities. We recommend brushing once at night to get debris and food off before you go to sleep and once in the morning to start your day. Use gentle, circular motions when brushing your teeth, as harsh scrubbing can wear down the enamel of your teeth quickly. You should also try to floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Products. Go to any drugstore or grocery store, and you’ll probably see hundreds of different kinds of oral care products, so it’s crucial that you choose high-quality products that will do the hard work for you. Pick a manual or electric toothbrush with soft-medium bristles, and make sure to replace it every three months or so. And make sure you choose a toothpaste or mouthwash that will remove bacteria while maintaining a healthy pH in your mouth. Discuss your oral care needs with your dentist so you can select the right products for you!
  • Diet. Digestion begins in the mouth, and some of the foods you’re eating may be breaking down your teeth and gums faster than you think. Foods that are high in sugar will not only cause cavities but could also permanently damage the enamel on your teeth. Try to avoid these high sugar foods, or use a mouth rinse after eating to prevent bacteria on your teeth from settling for too long.
  • Protective Habits. Like your nutrition and diet, there are some other protective habits you should try to start to prevent anything from negatively affecting your oral health. There are some habits to avoid, such as:
    • Smoking
    • Chewing Tobacco
    • Opening Things With Your Teeth
    • Tongue and Lip Piercings
  • Professional Cleanings. Make sure you visit your dentist to get professional cleanings every six months. Dentists will be able to use special tools to clean your teeth thoroughly and will be able to spot any potential issues that may need more treatment. This will save you a lot of time and money in the future, too!

Visit Walden Square Dental Care for your next appointment! Our experienced professionals are dedicated to giving you the care you need and deserve while making your visit welcoming and comfortable. We promise to provide you with beautiful smiles for a lifetime! Give us a call at 847-223-0110 or learn more on our website!