3 New Year’s Resolutions that can Benefit your Oral Health

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccmarion @ 6:13 pm
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If you’re looking to take on a new year’s resolution, it’s a good idea to get all the motivation you can. That’ll ensure that you can stick with your commitments not only into February, but all year long.

As it turns out, a lot of the most common new year’s resolutions also have another benefit; promoting oral health. If you want another reason to stick with your new year’s resolutions, here are the ways that some of the most common ones are also good for your teeth.

Staying Hydrated

There are a lot of reasons to drink more water. It can support healthy skin and ensure that you have the energy to get done what you need to do. As it turns out, staying hydrated also has significant benefits for your teeth.

Saliva is one of the most powerful tools your mouth has to clean itself. That saliva is used to break down foods and wash them into the stomach so that they don’t linger in the mouth. Saliva also increases the pH of the mouth, canceling out acids that can contribute to tooth decay.

When you’re dehydrated, your mouth produces less saliva. That means that more food will stick to your teeth, feeding the decay-causing bacteria that live there. By staying hydrated, you can keep up the production of saliva, and prevent serious oral health problems down the line.

Quit Smoking

This one almost speaks for itself; quitting smoking is good for nearly every part of the body, and the mouth is no exception. Tobacco smoke can seep into teeth’s roots, weakening them over time. In severe cases, this can lead to tooth loss.

That’s not even mentioning the increased chance of oral cancer that comes with smoking, the chronic bad breath, or the yellowing of teeth. By quitting smoking, you can have much better oral health outcomes than you could otherwise.

Eat a Better Diet

There are all kinds of diets that serve different purposes, but many of them have the same thing in common: cutting out sugar. When you do that, there will be less sugar in the mouth to feed the bacteria that live there.

Those bacteria are the primary cause of tooth decay, so by feeding them less, you can be confident in having fewer cavities.

When you make a change in your life for the better you don’t have to leave your oral health behind. If you start these habits and take them seriously, you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll have better teeth as well.

About Our Practice

At Cross Creek Dental Care, we’re here to help you with whatever issue you’re facing, no matter your age. We have outfitted our office with the latest and greatest dental technology so that we can make every aspect of your treatment as good as it can be. On top of all that, our dental team is going to work hard to make you feel comfortable from the moment you walk into our office.

If you have any questions about caring for your oral health, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (740) 725-8000.

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