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New Year’s Resolution – Improve Your Oral Health

Your dental health is an important part of your overall health, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits, finally getting their teeth straightened or improving their smile. Some of your New Years resolutions could include:

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).

Healthier Food and Drink Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and drink choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Chewing gum after a meal will also help to neutralise acid which has been created during mealtimes.

Improving Your Smile

At Pearl Dental we offer several treatments that can help to improve your smile:

Teeth Whitening
Recently tooth whitening has become extremely popular in Ireland, with people wishing to whiten their teeth after years of staining from food and drinks, smoking or general deterioration in colour. Our most popular treatment by far is the home whitening kit, that consists of custom made gum shields which are generally worn at night, in conjunction with a bleaching agent which gradually whitens the teeth over 2 weeks.

Teeth Straightening
Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an underbite or overbite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. At Pearl Dental we are experienced providers of the Fastbraces cosmetic braces system, and have consistently achieved fantastic results for our patients. Please review some of our successful cases in our Patient Gallery.

Restorative Dentistry
The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Smoking
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop smoking. Consider free online tools, patches, progress-tracking apps or support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Make Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to Pearl Dental may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Our dentists recommend that dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow us to monitor the condition of your mouth and smile, and develop a custom treatment plan.