The new year may have already begun, and but it’s never too late to make resolutions. Every year, many have a goal to improve their overall health, but why not add a healthier mouth to your list of New Year’s resolutions in State College? Here are 4 ways you can start improving your oral health today.
Improve Your Eating Habits
Junk food is bad news for your teeth and your waistline. Why not kill two birds with one stone by cutting down or eliminating your sugar intake altogether? Try satisfying a sweet tooth with xylitol-sweetened gum. Xylitol is a sugar-free and aspartame-free sweetener that actually helps fight cavity-causing bacteria. It comes in a variety of flavors including fresh fruit, chocolate and more.
Quit Using Nicotine Products
While it can be easier said than done, there are many tools on the market to help you kick a nicotine habit. The chemicals from nicotine can reduce the flow of blood to your gums and other oral tissues, limiting the mouth’s ability to fight infection. People who use nicotine, whether it be in the form of vapes or tobacco products, are at higher risk of tooth loss, gum disease and oral cancer. If you’re not sure which tools will give you the best odds of succeeding, your doctor can help.
New and Improved Oral Hygiene Routine
Though the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. But statistics show that the average American only brushes their teeth for a total of 45 to 70 seconds each day. The ADA also recommends flossing at least once a day, but only about 30 percent of Americans floss daily. Brushing removes bacteria, plaque and food debris from the surfaces and crevices of your teeth, but flossing gets rid of the leftovers that are stuck between your teeth and below your gum line. Spending a total of 5 minutes each day caring for your teeth is simple, but it can do wonders for your dental health.
Go to the Dentist
Visiting your dentist twice a year can help minimize the dental issues you experience. The earlier your dentist catches problems like tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer, the easier they can treat them and possibly save your life.
If you’re ready to achieve a healthy smile in State College, following these steps can help you do it. Once your mouth is completely healthy, your dentist can offer cosmetic treatments like tooth whitening, dental bonding and more to get you the dazzling smile you deserve.
About the Practice
Drs. Donald Marks and John Martin take time to get to know each patient in order to provide them with personalized, comprehensive dental care. Dr. Marks received his dental school education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and, once he graduated, he opened his own practice in the State College area. Drs. Marks and Martin are dedicated to helping their patients achieve the beautiful healthy smiles they deserve. If you’re ready to get your oral health back on track, contact the office at (814) 234-0329 or visit the website to schedule your appointment today.