28 Dec Five Dental New Year’s Resolutions to Discuss With Your Dentist
Most people are ready to say good-bye to 2020, and ring in 2021. 2020 has been a hard year on many. As such, even those who do not normally make resolutions may be looking what can help them improve their life or turn their lives around. If you are unhappy with your smile, one of your goals may involve your teeth and dental needs. Here are five New Year’s resolutions to discuss with your dentist that include everything from better overall health to dealing with your fear of the dentist.
1. Improving Your Dental Health
One of your resolutions may be to improve your dental health. You may want to take better care of your teeth, floss more frequently or work harder to prevent cavities. Everyone has a different dental care routine, and everyone’s teeth are different. If you want to improve your dental health in 2021, your dentist can help you determine what areas you should work on and what steps you can take to achieve that goal. For some people, that may involve brushing more often and for other people, that may be ensuring you visit your dentist at least twice per year.
2. Reducing Your Sugar Intake
Another New Year’s resolution you may have is to reduce your sugar intake. There are a number of reasons to do this, including the desire to lose weight, control or prevent diabetes, improve your overall health and improve your dental health. While you may not think to discuss this resolution with your dentist, talking to them can be beneficial. Your dentist can tell you all of the different negative affects that sugar has on your teeth, as well as being able to tell you which foods you can replace sugary foods with to improve your dental health. For example, apples and celery both naturally clean your teeth, help to fill you up, and reduce your sugar intake.
3. Working to Whiten Your Smile
Many people want white teeth. As such, you may make a resolution to achieve that whiter and brighter smile in 2021. There are many different ways to whiten your teeth. There are at-home remedies that may whiten your teeth, including using baking soda. You can also purchase products in a drugstore or big box retailer, including whitening toothpastes and strips. Dentists also offer in-office whitening procedures. If your goal is to get a whiter smile this New Years, talk to your dentist. They can help you determine which whitening method may help you to achieve your desired whitening level, and give you advice on foods to avoid to help you avoid staining and discoloration in the future.
4. Improving Your Smile
If you have something about your teeth that you are not happy with, you may find that you feel too embarrassed or self-conscious to smile or do anything else that shows off your teeth. Improving your smile can help you to gain self-confidence and feel better when interacting with others. Fortunately, these days, there are many different options to help you achieve the perfect smile. You may benefit from braces or aligners, dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening services, or crowns. Your dentist can listen to what you dislike about your teeth and smile, and help you decide what options may help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
5. Overcoming Dental Anxiety
The final New Year’s resolution that you may have is to overcome dental anxiety. It is estimated that as many as one in five adults suffer from some form of fear of the dentist. Those with severe cases may struggle to see a dentist and get the dental care they need. If you suffer from anxiety, talk to your dentist. There are different options to help you overcome your anxiety. For many patients, dental sedation is an excellent option. This may include everything from laughing gas to being sedated and asleep during the procedure. All in all, finding a way to overcome or work with your dental anxiety helps to ensure that your teeth get the care that they need.
Whether you want to take steps to care for your teeth better, or you want to get help overcoming your dental anxieties so you can get the dental care you deserve, Dental Brothers is here for you. We can help you with your routine dental care needs, emergency dental care, implant dentistry and sedation dentistry. Call us today to schedule your appointment.