01/26/2011  |  
Posted in Oral Health
Getting Your New Year Off to a Healthy Start

A New Year's resolution is a great opportunity that many people use to establish some health goals for each year. Unfortunately, most of these goals are too lofty and completely overlook oral health. When you consider that many Americans have some form of gum disease, such as bleeding when brushing and flossing and don't do anything about it, you begin to understand that this is one area of oral health where action is necessary — and you need some improvement. Establishing improved oral health goals should start with a thorough dental exam, oral cancer screening, and cleaning. Use this visit to get a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing techniques, sometimes that's all it takes to get your oral health under control. As for going forward throughout the year, here are some basics that every member of your family should adopt: brush at least twice a day with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste and floss once daily; limit your intake of sugar, sports drinks, and sodas; eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables; and drink an adequate amount of water. And to ensure that you stick to these goals, ask your dentist for a “report card” at your six-month follow-up cleaning and exam.

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