Your New Year’s resolutions may include lifestyle changes like weight control, exercise, and stress relief, but have you thought about resolving to improve your oral health?
Below are some resolutions to consider regarding oral health—not only for 2013 but for a lifetime. Over the next couple of months, we’ll discuss what the American Dental Association has to say about ways to improve your overall oral health. Consider these lifelong resolutions:
- Read about oral health and know the facts (not fiction)
- Brush and floss regularly
- Visit a dentist regularly
- Quit smoking
- Eat sweets in moderation
Regarding No.1, the American Dental Association has a “Mouth Healthy” website to answer questions on oral health throughout the life span, including pregnancy, babies and kids, preteens and teens, adults under 40, adults 40-60, and adults over 60. Check out the website here.
An example of what “Mouth Healthy” offers is a quiz on oral health care. Do you know if these statements are true or false?
- Aspirin placed next to a tooth is a good way to relieve a toothache.
- A little bleeding of the gums after brushing or flossing is normal.
- Sensitivity in teeth means you have decay.
- Sugarless chewing gum can help keep teeth healthy.
Get the answers here.