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As New Year’s comes rolling around the corner, it’s time to make mouth-healthy resolutions, especially because of the recent holidays. If you make the following mouth-health resolutions, your oral health and smile will improve more than you might realize:

Brush properly each day
In order to brush properly, you need to brush two times a day (two minutes each time) with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you thoroughly brush each tooth with a circular motion and do your best to be gentle as you brush along the gum line. Doing these things will help you remove the plaque and food particles from the smile.

Floss daily
Healthy diets help your smile as well as your entire body. If you eat healthy foods, your teeth will get stronger and healthier each day. Some teeth-healthy foods include fresh fruits and veggies. It’s also important to avoid eating non-healthy foods, like sugary treats and candy.

Chew sugarless gum frequently
Chewing sugarless gum will help you constantly clean your smile. Chewing will help you produce saliva, which is beneficial because the saliva can wash your teeth and neutralize the acids in your mouth, which will help prevent tooth decay.

Have a healthy diet
Having a healthy diet will help you maintain a strong and reliable oral health. This is because there are foods that are both good and bad for your teeth. So, do your best to avoid eating the unhealthy foods, like sugary treats and candy, and eat more teeth-healthy foods, like fresh fruits and veggies.

Visit your dentist regularly
Make sure you visit your dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. These appointments are extremely beneficial for your smile because your dentist thoroughly cleans and examines your entire oral cavity. This will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and any other dental problems that could severely harm your smile.

Our team at [practice_ name] cares for you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to work toward your smile goals this year. If you do the mentioned five tasks, you will be on the right track toward a strong and successful smile, and we are so excited for you! If you would like to know more or if you would like to talk to Dr. Pete Olberding about specific goals for you and your smile, call (515) 224-9899 today and schedule an appointment. Our dentist will be happy to help you!