It’s the start of a new year! In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, Virginia Family Dentistry has 3 resolutions for taking better care of your teeth.
1. Drink more water and less soda.
Aim to drink more water throughout the day. Sugary drinks such as sodas, sweetened tea, and juices enable oral bacteria to feed on sugars left in the mouth, causing cavities. Alternately, dark colored drinks like coffee, black tea, and red wine can stain your teeth. Following your favorite drink with a glass of water can improve your oral health by reducing sugars left in the mouth and lessening teeth stains.
2. Eat less sugar.
Not only will reducing sugar in your diet help your waistline, it will also improve the condition of your teeth! Bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugars, creating acid that breaks down tooth enamel and causes cavities.
3. Take advantage of your insurance benefits and schedule your dental cleanings.
Biannual cleanings are an important part of maintaining your oral health. Your dental hygienist and dentist will work together to diagnose any issues you may be having with your mouth. Cleaning appointments at Virginia Family Dentistry include a blood pressure screening, oral cancer check, yearly x-rays to check for any cavities, and a teeth polishing after all plaque has been removed. Schedule your appointments early this year and knock this resolution out!