It’s never too late to start taking better care of your oral and dental health. This means maintaining not just your teeth but also your gums and everything else that has to do with the oral-facial system that gives you the ability to smile, chew, and speak properly.
If caring for your oral health is one of your resolutions for 2022, here are some practices you need to add to your routine.
Make It a Family Affair
If you live with a romantic partner and/or have kids, then one thing that will help you with your resolution is making it a family affair. If everyone else is doing the same things you are, you are more likely to keep to your resolve. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) found that people who seek accountability have a 65 percent chance of completing a goal. If they meet with their accountability partners during their commitment, the chances of success increase by 95 percent.
Moreover, it’s never too early to teach your kids about the incredible value of caring for their oral health. Here are some ways you can encourage them to take better care of their teeth and gums:
- Bring them to a trusted pediatric dentist once every six months to keep cavities at bay and to ensure that their teeth continue to grow at a healthy pace.
- Allow them to choose their own toothbrushes and toothpaste, so they feel like their preferences are respected.
- Talk to them openly about the negative consequences of not caring for their teeth early. It’s not about scaring them; it’s about being honest about what awaits them if they don’t brush their teeth at least twice a day and drink the suggested amount of water for their age.
When you encourage your family to take part in your goal, make sure that you’re coming from a place of love and concern, not coercion. And make it fun for everybody! It should be an enjoyable goal for everyone and not something that will cause them to fear you or see you as an authoritarian.
Practice Basic Oral Health Care
You don’t need to invest in the most expensive products or go to the most high-end clinics to care for your teeth and gums. Being healthy in general is all about being consistent towards the same direction—and long-term commitment will make all the difference. Here are the basic oral health care habits you need to build:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to sleep. Make sure to brush it for at least three minutes every single time, and you can play a three-minute song to ensure that you’re not going under that recommended time frame.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Consider investing in one of those tumblers that have time stamps so that you’re always reminded to drink water at a given time and that you are always finishing the recommended amount of water to drink every day.
- Floss your teeth, but make sure to do it properly.
Eat Nutritious Food
When it comes to caring for your overall oral health, you also need to consider what you’re consuming daily. Too much sugar and carbonated drinks are not your best bet if you want your teeth and gums to grow healthy. Opt for the following ingredients if you want to bolster your oral and dental health:
- Cheese, yogurt, and milk
- Leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, and kale
- Pears and apples
- Fatty fish and lean meat
- Coffee and tea minus the sugar
- Sugar-free raisins and cranberries
- Strawberries and other types of berries that are rich in vitamin C
- Sweet potatoes
- Onions and garlic
- Whole grains
- Shiitake mushrooms
As always, moderation is key. Instead of opting to snack on candies or other types of junk food, try these foods instead, but make sure to go for the variants that don’t have excess sugar or ones that are more organic. Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have so many healthier options, and you can never go wrong with visiting your local farmers’ market too.
Our day-to-day choices impact our health, especially if we do them long-term. If you want to care for your gums, teeth, and your entire oral-facial system, then you need to be faithful in creating healthy habits. Let your family keep you accountable, do not neglect the basics, and do a diet overhaul—and you’re already well on your way to giving your oral health the love and care it deserves.