Now that the new year has come, it’s time to make some changes and improvements to your life. I’ve found that it’s best to start with small tasks that take minimal effort but have guaranteed results. That way, you know you’ll be able to start the year off right by accomplishing something. One of the easiest things you can accomplish this year is good dental habits. Brushing and flossing every day, and visiting the dentist twice a year are easy things to do, and you’ll notice the results of them quickly, as well as in the long run.
There are several dental issues that abiding by these good habits will help you avoid. All of these dental problems can cost a lot, and be painful to deal with, so avoiding them is the easiest option.
Gum disease is one of the most common dental issues, but it’s also easy to avoid in the first place. There are two types of gum disease. The first is called gingivitis, which is the more common and less severe type. Periodontitis is more intense, and takes a while to develop. Some signs of gum disease are bleeding gums, irritated gums, receding gumline, consistent bad breath and painful toothaches. Brushing and flossing every day, (brushing twice a day) will help you keep your gums healthy and strong.
One of the scariest dental disorders out there is the various types of cancers that can develop. While there are only so many things you can do to try and keep cancer away, the absolutely most important thing to do is visit your dentist twice a year. When it comes to serious issues like cancer, early detection is the key. Your dentist will check for signs of cancer or any other issues, so if there ever is a problem, they can nip it in the bud. Seeing them twice a year will guarantee that anything they find won’t have had more than 6 months to develop.
Your daily habits play a huge role in how long your teeth will last. As we age, our teeth take on a ton of wear and tear, but if you take good care of them, they’ll be stronger, and last your entire life. If you eat a ton of sugar and carbs, don’t brush and floss consistently, and miss your dental appointments, they can become weak, which leads to breakage and even loss of teeth. At that point you’ll need either a crown, implant or set of dentures to take their place. These solutions cost a lot more than maintaining your own teeth will.
Putting in the small amount of effort it takes to maintain the health of your teeth absolutely pays off, both now and years down the road. There are many dental issues out there, but fortunately, most of them are easily avoidable. Start the year off right by beginning a new regime of daily brushing and flossing, and schedule your two dental appointments today.