As the holiday season wraps up, many Canadians are making New Year’s resolutions. When it comes to making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle, a good place to start is with your mouth and your overall oral hygiene.

At Oxford Dental Office in Edmonton North, we understand how life can get in the way of your greatest intentions. To help you make, and keep, your New Year resolutions starting with better oral health, we’ve pulled together some ideas to help you on your path to success.

Brush Your Teeth
The first, most direct, and simplest way to improve your oral health is to commit to brushing your teeth using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.

Evaluate Your Diet
Your diet plays a huge role in your oral health so making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks will help. A study published in BMC Public Health in September 2014 confirmed a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and their amount of tooth decay.

Quit Smoking
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is linked to a host of other health issues. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Consider Restorative or Cosmetic Dentistry
Consider restorative or cosmetic dentistry such as braces, crowns, implants, or fillings to enhance your smile, your oral health, and your overall confidence. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity.

See Your Dentist in Edmonton
Finally, schedule an appointment with your Oxford Dental dentists and hygienists every six months to monitor the condition of your mouth and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs. According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), seven out of every 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. Even if your teeth look and feel fine, you should still have regular, bi-annual appointments to see your dentist in Edmonton.

Call Your Edmonton North Dentist Today to Book an Appointment

For more than 20 years, Oxford Dental as offered for proper general dental care of all ages in Edmonton North. If you have questions about your oral health or want to schedule an appointment in the New Year at either of our two locations, call 780-456-7009 for services at 153 Avenue; and, 780-471-5234 at the Abbotsfield Mall today.