New Year, New Me: Starting the Year Right
The new year is upon us and starting the year off with your best foot forward and a bright smile is the way to go. Have you made your new year’s dental resolutions by the way? You should commit to taking better care of your teeth and perhaps decide on getting that dental makeover you’ve always wanted!
1) Stay flossy
This year, commit to flossing more often as it’s commonly overlooked. Daily flossing will ensure that plaque in between your teeth is removed. Plaque is a sticky film that contains bacteria, and it eats the sugar and food particles left in your mouth after eating. When this bacteria feeds, it releases an acid that dissolves your teeth enamel and causes cavities.
Additionally, plaque that isn’t properly cleared away can eventually harden into tartar that collects on the gum line which could lead to gingivitis and gum disease. Do this at least once a day in combination with brushing twice a day with your choice of manual or electric toothbrushes and a fluoridated toothpaste.
2) Keep ‘em spick & span
Start the year off with a clean and beautiful smile by getting your yearly scale and polish done! Getting your teeth professionally scaled and polished yearly is important in maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Scaling and polishing help to get rid of enamel discolouration that regular brushing can’t. Regular scaling and polishing remove any plaque, stains, and tartar which if left uncleaned, can lead to stains or enamel and root damage. Your gums will thank you as well because leaving tartar unchecked and accumulating on your gumline could lead to gum disease and cavities. Getting your teeth polished could also reveal a brighter and whiter smile which is of course a self-confidence boost.
To enhance your beautiful smile, after getting it scaled and polished or whitened, aftercare is just as important! Smoking cigarettes and consuming food and drink that stain your teeth like coffee, tea, and red wine would undo all your dentist’s hard work. If you want to keep drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, consider using a straw as it exposes less of your teeth to these staining beverages.
Actually, why not make it a point to quit smoking, if not for your teeth’s sake, for your overall health! On top of staining your teeth, smoking cigarettes can cause lung and oral cancer, gum disease and could cause tooth loss as well.
3) White & bright
Instead of spending on clothes, why not spend it on a brighter smile? With a lot of us spending more time indoors and having our meetings online, we should put our best smile forward because that’s all people can see right now. Teeth whitening can help remove intrinsic stains which are stains in the inner layer of your teeth enamel. Ageing could also lead to yellowing of the teeth because as we grow older, the enamel covering our teeth starts to thin which exposes the yellowish dentin. If you’ve always been a little self-conscious about the stains on your teeth and brushing just won’t get rid of them, it’s time to book yourself a tooth whitening session!
4) All aligned
If your misaligned teeth have always bothered you, perhaps it’s time to take the plunge and sign up for Invisalign or braces. The process will take a while, but it’ll be worth it when your new and improved smile is revealed. This is also a great time to talk to your kids and ask if they feel insecure about their smile and start your kids’ teeth straightening journey as well. Your journey can be enhanced with Dental Monitoring so you can communicate directly with the dental team via in-app messaging and update your dentist on your aligners’ progress all from the comforts of your own home too.
No matter what your dental resolutions are this year, the most important thing is that you’re prioritising your oral health. If you have any queries or just want a check-up, i.Dental’s team of experts are here for you!