A Toast to Healthier Teeth. Easy-to-Try New Year’s Resolutions for Oral Hygiene

With the New Year comes new goals and aspirations, and oftentimes they’re a mixture of fun things to bring you more joy and necessary things to keep you healthy. We have a few things to add to the necessary column of your New Year’s resolutions for 2023! 

Resolutions for Oral Hygiene

Oral health is often something that’s put on the backburner. Most of us have been brushing our teeth twice a day since before we can remember! Now that we’re adults, however, we know there’s a lot more to keeping your mouth healthy than just brushing. 

While it’s tempting to make big, dramatic life changes at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, smaller changes are the ones more likely to last. And that’s all it takes—a few small changes for happier, healthier teeth! 

Improve Your Daily Routine

If you’re already brushing twice a day, that’s great! But there are a few little things you can add into your morning and night routine to help take better care of your teeth. Flossing is a very common resolution for most people—because they know it’s good for them! Buy a pack of flossers and put them near your toothbrush so you’ll remember to use them. You can also get some mouthwash to really round out the whole routine!

Dental Cleanings

A lot of times adulthood can feel like it’s one thing after another. We all lead busy lives and sometimes important things slip through the cracks. This year, commit to those things you know you should be doing, but maybe haven’t made time for in the past. The good news about dental cleanings is that you typically only need two per year! Go ahead and schedule them now—that way they’re on your calendar and all you have to do is show up. 

Oral Health & Mental Health

Mental health issues manifest in physical ways, and your mouth is no exception. Teeth grinding is an extremely common symptom of anxiety, sleep disorders, having an abnormal bite, and more. If one of your goals for 2023 is to take charge of your mental health, that should include addressing the symptoms you’re dealing with as well. 

Specific symptoms of teeth grinding include experiencing dull headaches, soreness in your jaw, tooth pain, or fractured tooth surfaces. Your dentist can help you decide on the best solution to stop your teeth grinding! 

Cosmetic Work

If you spent 2022 hiding your smile, maybe it’s time to do something about it in 2023! Whether you’re self-conscious about the coloring of your teeth, you have a tooth or teeth missing, or you know you have some cavities that need filling, it’s time to do something for yourself. Consider going in for professional teeth whitening or veneers for a brighter, more confident smile. 

Commit to Your Oral Health in 2023

There are a lot of potential resolutions for oral hygiene, all of which will make you happier and healthier! It’s not uncommon to put off going to the dentist, but it’s not something that should be put on the backburner. Your oral health affects your overall health, not to mention your confidence! Get in touch with LeCroy Dental today to set up an appointment, and enjoy a relaxing, stress-free experience. We look forward to seeing you smile!