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You’re stepping into the New Year, and along with the usual suspects of resolutions—hitting the gym, learning a new language—you decide to add ‘a healthier smile’ to your list.

It’s a smart move both for looks and your well-being.

By now you probably know brushing twice a day keeps the cavities away, but there’s a lot more you can do for your pearly whites.

This year, let’s focus on habits like flossing daily and choosing water over soda. We’ll explore how these changes can transform your oral hygiene game and save you from future toothaches or worse.

Come on this journey as we lay out simple yet powerful steps toward flashing a brighter smile every day of 2024—and beyond!

Embrace Consistent and Proper Brushing Techniques

Aiming for a healthier smile this year starts with improving your brushing technique. You know you should be brushing twice a day, but what’s the right way to do it?

The key to dislodging sneaky plaque is to angle your bristles 45 degrees towards your gums. We dentists prefer soft-bristled brushes that are tough on grime but gentle on your gums.

Timing matters too. Two minutes may feel like a long time to brush, but those seconds count when you’re battling bacteria.

If manual brushing doesn’t work for you, you can also try an electric toothbrush. They’ve been shown to reduce more plaque and gingivitis than traditional brushing alone, so they’re scientifically a great option.

Focus on Flossing Every Day

Floss like you mean it to keep gum disease at bay. But it’s not just about swiping a string through your teeth; technique matters.

The Canadian Dental Association recommends curving the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and gently sliding it up and down along the side of each tooth, including under the gumline.

Brushing without flossing means you’re missing 35% of your mouth’s surfaces. By adding daily flossing to your routine, you’re taking control of that other third – protecting yourself from plaque build-up that can lead to cavities or worse.

Commit to Regular Dental Check-Ups

Maybe you want to visit the dentist more consistently this year; we’re on board with that! It’s not only necessary to keep up with your cleanings, but it can help you catch problems early to save you toothaches and costly bills down the road.

If you’re in Surrey or Langley, it’s easy to schedule your checkups at Flagship Dental. So book an appointment—it might just be the smartest move for your smile this year.

Add Mouthwash to Your Daily Routine

Mouthwash is the secret weapon in your dental routine. It reaches where toothbrushes and floss might miss, zapping bacteria and giving you fresher breath in the process. In addition to the minty freshness, using mouthwash daily can play a key role in fighting gingivitis, reducing plaque, and preventing cavities.

To fully enjoy all the benefits mouthwash has to offer, make sure to swish like a pro. Pour out the right amount—usually a capful—and let the liquid work its magic for 30 seconds before spitting it out. Don’t give in to the temptation to rinse with water right after; you’ll wash away all those protective perks.

Remember that not all rinses are created equal. Some contain alcohol which may be drying or irritating for some mouths — so look for an alcohol-free option if you encounter any issues.

Try a Better Diet for Your Oral Health

Your diet is like the soil for your teeth—rich nutrients can grow a strong, healthy smile. Of course, you can cut out foods that are harmful to your teeth like sugar, but you can also eat foods that are good for your teeth.

Cheese isn’t just tasty—it’s loaded with calcium and phosphate which help to rebuild tooth enamel and neutralize harmful acids. So go ahead, say “cheese” for oral health.

Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples and carrots act almost like natural toothbrushes. They scrub away plaque as you chew. Plus, they’re packed with vitamins that are essential for gum health.

Green tea has catechins—antioxidants known to fight inflammation and bacterial growth in your mouth keeping your teeth shining. Moderation is key here; too much acidic food or drink can harm your enamel over time.

Stay Hydrated to Protect Your Teeth

Keep your mouth well-watered for your oral health. Sipping water throughout the day helps wash away food debris and bacteria, leading to fewer cavities and happier gums.

Water is a tooth-friendly drink because it has no calories, sugar, or acid that can erode enamel. Plus, if you’re in Surrey or Langley BC, tap water often contains fluoride—a natural cavity fighter.

Beyond battling tooth decay, staying hydrated keeps your saliva levels up. Since saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease, you’ll want to keep those salivary glands flowing.

Quit Tobacco to Save Your Smile

If quitting tobacco isn’t already on your list of resolutions, then maybe it will help to remember the damage it can do to your smile. It stains teeth, leads to gum disease, and increases the risk of oral cancer. Kicking this habit can be tough, but it’s critical to protect your oral health.

When you’re ready for a change, support systems are key. They give you the backup needed when cravings hit hard.

This New Year, vow to show tobacco the door and invite in a brighter smile.

New Year, New Oral Health Care Routine

Good oral hygiene is the gateway to a bright smile and improving your overall health. As we enter the new year in Surrey and Langley, let’s shake up our dental care habits for good.

Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and a good diet will lead you to a healthier mouth. This year is all about smiling brighter—now you know how simple it can be.

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