As we step into the new year, it’s important to seize the opportunity for positive change. However, no need to limit your resolutions to your overall well-being. You can make good oral health your goal, too! How you take care of your teeth plays a crucial role in your overall health. That is why it’s time to bid farewell to some outdated habits that are holding you back from having your healthiest smile. Here are some oral care habits that you should leave behind in 2023: 

  • Skipping Regular Dental Checkups

Neglecting routine dental exams can hinder your mission for a beautiful and healthy smile. Many people only visit the dentist when they experience pain or have a specific issue. However, preventive care is essential for detecting and addressing problems in advance. Make a commitment to schedule dental cleanings and exams every six months in 2023. These regular visits allow us to monitor your oral health and catch issues while they are still manageable. 

  • Inconsistent Flossing

While brushing your teeth is important, it’s not enough to clean those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth and below the gumline. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from these spaces. In 2024, make flossing a non-negotiable part of your daily oral care routine. Floss once a day before you brush, so you can clean away anything you pick up with flossing. By doing so, you’ll keep your mouth cleaner and your gums healthier. 

  • Using Your Teeth as Tools

The temptation to use your teeth for tasks like opening packaging or opening a bottle is all too common. However, this places unnecessary strain on your teeth. It can potentially lead to chips, cracks, damage to dental work, or dislodged teeth. This year, commit to breaking this habit and use your teeth only for their intended purpose: chewing food. 

  • Eating Too Much Sugar:

A diet high in sugary treats can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. In 2024, be mindful of your sugar intake and cut down where you can. Instead, focus on incorporating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and calcium-rich foods into your diet. All of these choices support strong teeth and gums. Your mouth will undoubtedly thank you for this positive change! 

  • Forgetting to Replace Toothbrushes

If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it’s time for an upgrade! Worn bristles simply can’t clean your teeth effectively. Make it a priority to switch out your toothbrush every three to four months in 2024. Consider adding a reminder to your calendar, so you don’t forget. New toothbrushes are more efficient at removing plaque and bacteria, ultimately contributing to better oral hygiene. 

Bid farewell to these five less-than-ideal oral care habits in the new year! By doing so, you’ll be well on your way to an improved and healthier smile. Plus, don’t forget to bring up any cosmetic dentistry goals you have at your next appointment. Even a simple change like a teeth whitening can give you a much-needed confidence boost to inspire better oral care habits.

To schedule a consultation with Rod Eccles, DDS, call us today at 317-682-0884. We’ll discuss ways we can help you achieve your smile goals!