New Year, New Oral Health Goals

January is the month of high hopes, optimistic promises, and exuberant goal-setting. When it comes to teeth, there are many possible resolutions to ensure you can be proud of your smile in the new year.



Oral Health Goal Basics

Some of the most important oral health goals you can have for the new year relate to self-care. You can take basic steps like:

  • Consistently brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes per session
  • Floss your teeth daily, using the flossing appliance that works best for you
  • Stop using tobacco products (which negatively impact your teeth and gums)
  • Make and keep dental appointments on a schedule approved by your dentist

Keeping Your Oral Health Promises

Self-care is a good first step. To maintain or improve your dental health, look for ways to continue your daily habits even when you travel or your life circumstances change. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • What dental supplies will you pack when traveling?
  • How will you ensure you keep up with your daily regimen if your bedtime, meal schedule, or social calendar changes?
  • Are you stocking your kitchen with foods that support good oral health and discourage tooth decay?

Expect The Unexpected

Excellent self-care will help you achieve your oral health goals. However, all of us can run into unforeseen challenges – from chipping a tooth biting down on a nut to hitting your mouth on the pool deck at a summer party. Keeping your regular dentist’s number handy, as well as that of a local emergency dental provider, can help you stay calm should you or a loved one need immediate care.

 Take Your Oral Health – And Appearance – To The Next Level

Now is a great time to discuss with your cosmetic dentist procedures to improve your smile such as:

  • Teeth whitening treatments
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Restorations such as crowns or fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Full mouth reconstruction

“Whatever your oral health goals are, we can help – call us to discuss how we can make them a reality,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.

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