With each new year, many of us tend to come up with a list of resolutions. The most common ones tend to revolve around health and personal finances.
But what about your smile?
We’ve all been guilty of failing to floss or rushing our brushing routine. With these top tips from your dentist in Sherwood Park, your entire family can include a “healthier smile” on their list of resolutions for 2021. Plus, because you’re all on board, it might result in some fun, friendly competition!
1. Brush and floss daily.
When it comes to your family’s smiles, it’s imperative to brush a minimum of two times per day – two minutes each time – and floss once a day. We recommend an electric or manual soft-bristled brush along with fluoridated toothpaste. Doing so gets rid of food and plaque and reduces the likelihood of decay and gum disease. If you or any members of your family need a refresher on proper brushing and flossing technique, please ask! We can provide a demonstration.
2. Reduce sugar intake.
Sugar can wreak havoc on your smile. It feeds bacteria in the mouth, which produces acid that eats away at your enamel. Some of the most notorious food and drink products are soda, energy and fruit drinks, and candies. If you like gum, a healthy alternative is Xylitol. Naturally found in plants, this ingredient is actually good for your oral health and can help prevent decay. But it’s dangerous for pets, so if you use it, keep it away from your fur babies.
3. Make regular dental visits to your dentist in Sherwood Park.
It’s just as important to get regular cleanings and checkups as it is to practice proper oral care at home. Two visits per year is the standard, however depending on your own smile needs, we may recommend a different schedule. At Sherwood Centre Dental Clinic we realize you may need to change your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances. No problem! Just let us know and we’ll gladly reschedule to a day and time that works for you.
4. Always protect your smile.
If you or your child play on a sports team or enjoy any form of contact sports, then it’s a must to get fitted for a sports mouthguard. Losing a tooth can affect the entire mouth, as teeth tend to shift – especially in a developing young child – when a gap is created. This can negatively impact the appearance and function of teeth, create pain, and affect self-confidence.
5. Find smile opportunities!
When you feel good about your smile, there’s something about it that makes you want to share it with others. Take lots of family photos and get everyone to say, “cheese!” And, if your child has a cell phone or iPad, you can encourage them to take one selfie a week, so that over time they can see the development of their clean and healthy smile and hold on to those memories.