Whether you make lots of New Year’s resolutions, or just a couple, it’s nice to say you kept them for a least a few days, or a month, or maybe the whole year. And it’s doubly nice if the resolutions have a payoff like better reports at dental exams and cleanings. We have some fairly simple and easy to maintain water resolutions, that will help keep your teeth cavity free. Rest assured, however, that if we do see signs of trouble, we can place a dental filling or otherwise address the issue.
Resolution #1: Drink Water Instead of Juice and Soda
When you drink any liquid, it’s impossible to keep it from touching your teeth. Sugary drinks wash over teeth, providing food for the harmful oral bacteria that cause tooth decay. Many fruit drinks and juices also contain dyes or natural coloring that can stain teeth over time. When you are thirsty, reach for clear water for a boost to oral health. Your waistline may thank you as well!
Resolution #2: Swish When You Can’t Brush
You should be brushing every morning and evening, and flossing at least once a day to maintain your oral health. Sometimes it’s possible to tote along a toothbrush or floss pick, and clean teeth between meals and snacks. When that’s not possible, sip water, and let it rinse your teeth. We aren’t suggesting you gargle at the table, but maybe take a walk down the hall to the drinking fountain for a discreet swish and rinse.
Resolution #3: Less Bottled Water, More From the Tap
Bottled water is a convenient and often tasty drinking option. Bottled water is missing one vital ingredient for tooth health, however: fluoride. Almost every city adds fluoride to drinking water, to strengthen tooth enamel against cavities. Make sure you and your family drink plenty of tap water. Children benefit from concentrated fluoride treatments, applied in your dentist’s office.
Resolve to Make Water Your Friend in 2018
Water is inexpensive, easy to obtain and good for your teeth. Ask us for more tips on water at any appointment. To schedule an appointment or initial consultation, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.