The New Year is here and now is a great time to address what are the best practices when it comes to your oral health. So as many of us are looking to start the year off to a healthy start, what are some concrete things we can do to include a healthy smile as part of your New Year goals. One of the first things to keep in mind is that most dental insurance will begin again at the beginning of the year. Make sure you are familiar with your plan and understand what your coverage actually consists of. Most plans offer two cleanings a year. The beginning of the year is when most people schedule their first cleaning coming off of the holidays. This is also a good time to have a general oral check up and to see where your oral health is at.
If you haven’t already, the beginning of the year is s good time to start incorporating healthy dental practices. We’ve all been told that one of the most important things we can do to prevent tooth decay is to floss and brush consistently. If you are not doing so currently, you should start. Flossing removes the bacteria that leads to tartar build up and gets in between those teeth that brushing misses.
A healthy diet is not only important for your overall health but also for your oral health. What you eat is obviously one of the most important things that affect your teeth. Healthier foods tend to have less sugar and therefore are better for your overall oral health. Included in your diet should be plenty of water, not only does it help with cleaning your mouth but water is very helpful in digestion. Included should be a limit of your alcohol intake for a healthier diet. Keep in mind that a healthy smile is part of a larger and healthier lifestyle. Give Lobo DDS a call today to set your beginning of the year dental appointment.