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4 New Year’s Resolutions to Boost Your Oral Health

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drschaffeld @ 2:55 pm
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New Year’s is all about celebrating and reflecting on your health, personal growth, and much more. Ushering in 2023 is the perfect opportunity to make positive changes in your life to improve your oral and overall health and take care of your body better. While it may seem difficult to change your current routine, taking small steps towards a healthier smile by altering your oral hygiene regimen and avoiding harmful oral habits can go a long way. Read on to learn four New Year’s resolutions that can help you get the most out of your smile in 2023.

Consider Your Snack Choices

Do you love snacking on sweets and processed foods like potato chips? Although it may be satisfying in the moment, over time, eating foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates can increase your risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

Instead, try substituting alternatives that are smile-healthy, like fresh fruits and vegetables, and be mindful of drinking water after meals and throughout the day instead of sugary beverages. Doing so could help you have a few less cavities in 2023!

Get That Orthodontic Treatment You’ve Been Needing

Have you been putting off getting orthodontic treatment to fix your misaligned and crowded teeth or your bite problem? 2023 is the perfect year to get it done, because your dentist likely offers cutting-edge ClearCorrect aligners that are convenient, discreet, and comfortable. Before the end of the year is up, you could have a grin that’s well worth showing off.

Take Steps to Quit Tobacco

Quitting smoking and tobacco use is no small feat, which is why it’s important to be gentle with yourself and take small steps to get to your lofty goal. Smoking is not only bad for your oral health, leading to dental staining and other issues like dry mouth, but it can also heavily impact your heart and lungs.

Fortunately, there are specialists and support available to help curb this highly addictive habit so you can start to turn over a new, tobacco-free leaf in 2023. They’ll help pace your journey to help you successfully curb your habit.

Schedule & Attend Both of Your Dental Checkups

Are you guilty of not scheduling or cancelling your routine, bi-annual checkups and cleanings with your dentist? Preventive care is one of the most important parts of maintaining a smile that’s healthy for a lifetime. This year, be diligent about attending your routine visits so your dentist can help keep your oral health on the right track.

About the Author

Dr. Tyler Schaffeld is a skilled dentist who has been practicing since graduating second in his class from Oregon Health & Science University in 2013. He enjoys getting to know his patients and working collaboratively with them so they can maintain a smile that’s healthy and problem-free. He offers comprehensive dentistry, including preventive services like checkups and cleanings, dental sealants, and more. For questions or to schedule an appointment for you or your family, visit his website or call 541-426-3783.

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