The start of a new year is always an exciting time. You’re probably looking forward to setting some resolutions and making positive changes in your life—what about your oral health?
Our Saint Louis dentists have some lifestyle tips for you that will pay dividends when it comes to your short and long-term oral health. Keep reading so that we can help get 2022 started on the right foot together…
- Brush mindfully
You probably already know that, in order to maintain a healthy smile, you need to brush your mouth as recommended by your dental team. What you may not know, however, is that when, specifically, you brush can have a bit impact on your smile.
This is because dental enamel is temporarily softened after acid exposure. It will take about thirty minutes for your dental enamel to re-mineralize—so we recommend that you wait that long after eating and drinking to clean your smile. You don’t want to inadvertently cause damage when you’re simply trying to care for your teeth!
- Prioritize water consumption
A simple way to boost your oral health and improve your wellbeing is to consume more water. Every time that you take a swig of water you help to clear away dental debris and bacteria that could otherwise become entrenched in your smile. Additionally, well-hydrated patients, generally speaking, are able to produce adequate saliva to help re-mineralize enamel.
If you struggle to stay hydrated, you may benefit from carrying a water bottle in 2022. It just may be the reminder you need to stay on track!
- Eliminate chomping
When we think about making resolutions, we often think about things we will add to our routines or habits. However, it can be just as powerful, and as important, to make an effort to eliminate unhealthy habits.
If you are someone who often chews on hard candies, mints, or ice, 2022 is your year to kiss this habit goodbye. Because we often do these things unconsciously, you may benefit from writing yourself a note or setting another type of reminder until you kick the habit.
Our experienced Saint Louis dentists are here to provide you with all the information and advice you need to get on the path to a perfect smile. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your 2022 smile journey today!