Resolve to take better care of your teeth and gums this year! Maintaining good oral health, as we all know, includes diligent twice-daily brushing and daily flossing habits as well as visiting your dentist regularly. Did you know there are other important steps to take to ensure your oral health?
First, if you smoke, there’s no better time to stop than now. Talk to your dentist about starting a smoking cessation program. Negative consequences of smoking include an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, increased tartar buildup, bad breath, and an increased risk of oral cancers. Eating healthy not only helps your body, but can also be a great way to maintain good oral health. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D will strengthen your teeth and bones. Eating foods with B vitamins, found in whole grains, and getting in enough iron daily will contribute to healthy gum tissue, as will the vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables. Here’s to good oral health habits for a New Year! Let us know how we can help you meet your goals. Your Las Cruces Dental Solutions Team Source: American Dental Hygienists’ Association (2011). “Oral Health Nutrition”.