It’s hard to believe that we’re already two months into 2019. But even though we’re a sixth of the way through the year, it’s not too late to set one, or a few, new year’s resolutions for yourself. And this year, rather than choosing the obvious “go the gym more” or “limit screen time” resolutions, we suggest considering a new year’s resolution focused on your dental health. Not only will it feel just as good when you accomplish them, but they’re also a bit easier to achieve too. What better way to start the year than with a fresh smile?

Continue reading below for a list of dental health resolutions you can set for yourself and accomplish for 2019.

  1. Improve brushing and flossing habits

This is probably the first thing that comes to mind when we think of dental-related resolutions. But even though it’s obvious, it’s still one that many people struggle to achieve each year. So, if you were guilty of forgetting to floss at least once daily or brush twice daily, then make 2019 the year you achieve a better dental routine. Even if you start by aiming to floss once a week or once every other day, the goal here is to start and eventually work your way up to doing these things every day.

  1. Cut back on sugary food and drinks

It’s no secret that sugary food and drinks, like pop and candy, are bad for our teeth. So if you’re guilty of consuming a significant number of these items, consider trying to cut back on your consumption for 2019. Start by limiting the amount of each you consume every month— we suggest no more than one or two sweet treats a month. And then work your way up to not consuming them at all. And for anyone who has made shedding a few pounds one of their 2019 resolutions, this is a great way to help achieve that goal as well. And if worst comes to worst and you’re not able to cut back on your consumption of sugary food and drinks, consider making your resolution to brush and floss immediately after your consume either of these things. This will minimize the damage the sugar causes to your teeth and help you maintain that healthy smile.

  1. Get Braces

We often meet many people who say they wish they had of corrected their smile with braces when they were younger. But believe it or not, it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve dreamed of! Make 2019 the year you finally do something about that smile that’s been holding you back or hurting your confidence. Nowadays, traditional braces aren’t your only option when it comes to correcting your smile. At our Guelph dental office, we’re proud to be one of only a few clinics to offer Invisalign braces. Unlike traditional braces, these braces use clear trays to correct your smile and are practically invisible. What are you waiting for?

  1. Visit the dentist

Many adults entirely forgo visiting the dentist each year whether it be because of financial reasons or something else. So, if you were guilty of this last year, then might we suggest making your 2019 resolution to schedule and keep two dentist appointments? That’s only one every six months. Even adults with the best brushing and flossing routine need to visit the dentist every six months to achieve a squeaky-clean smile. And while you might think that all a dentist does is clean your smile, they also check for oral diseases too.

  1. Consume more “mouth-friendly” food and drinks

Whether you’ve made cutting back on your consumption of sugary food and drinks your 2019 resolution or not, this is another excellent dental health resolution you can set for yourself. While some foods and drinks are bad for your teeth, there are also foods and drinks that are extremely beneficial for your mouth health. Foods like cheese, kale, carrots, onions and much more have all been deemed superfoods for your oral health. This means they’re high in nutrients and good for both your oral and overall health and wellness. And as a bonus, this is another excellent resolution if you’re trying to shed a few pounds as part of another new year’s resolution.

If you’d like to learn more about superfoods for your smile, check out our past news article “Superfoods For Your Teeth and Oral Health”.

As you can see, when it comes to setting a dental-related new year’s resolution your options vary from extravagant goals to simpler tasks. But regardless of which resolution you choose, you can rest assured knowing you’re doing something to benefit and improve the health of your teeth and mouth. If you have any questions regarding anything above, would like to discuss a plan to get you on the road to a healthier smile or would even like to learn more about Invisalign braces or any of our other services, we encourage you to reach out to us by phone, email or on Facebook. A member of our team would be more than happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

Happy 2019!