New Year, New Oral Health Goals


It’s never too early to think about what goals you’ll set for 2020 and how you’ll go about accomplishing those goals. When it comes to oral health, pre-planning is especially important, because only 8 percent of Americans achieve their New Year’s goals.

Focusing on your oral health for goal-setting is a great way to improve not just the health of your teeth and gums but also your entire body. Further, it can improve your smile and overall appearance and help you enter the new year with increased confidence. Here are a few habits you can incorporate into your routine to end 2020 with tangible improvements in that area.

New Oral Health Goals For A New Year

  1. Improving your brushing and flossing routine. Consistently brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is the foundation of solid oral health. Your dental care team can show you the most effective way to brush and floss, as well as discuss which type of toothbrush is right for you.
  2. Better eating habits. Reducing the amount of sugary or carbohydrate-laden foods and drinks you consume can lessen the chances you’ll experience tooth decay. You can replace poorer choices with fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts.
  3. Follow a regular exam schedule set by your dentist. Most adults need to see the dentist at least twice a year for an examination and cleaning; some with systemic health conditions like diabetes or certain dental challenges such as persistent gum disease will need to come in more often. Office visits help your dentist keep close track of your oral health and suggest interventions before problems create extensive damage.
  4. Quit using all tobacco/nicotine products. Tobacco users are twice as likely to lose their natural teeth as non-users. Tobacco cessation can be challenging, but there are many programs that can provide social and other forms of support.
  5. Cosmetic improvements to your smile. If you have chipped teeth, persistent teeth stains, a “gummy” smile or other conditions that make you feel self-conscious, talk to your dentist about treatments that can both improve your oral health AND make your teeth look better.

“Setting oral health goals for the new year can help you feel motivated to improve the habits that protect your teeth and gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Your dentist can offer suggestions on the most appropriate goals for your situation.”


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