2016 New Years Resolutions: Dentistry Edition

At this time of the year, many people make New Years resolutions as way to improve upon their lives. Many of these resolutions are health-related that run the gamut from losing weight to working out. A great idea is to make a few dentistry-related New Years resolutions to improve your smile and help keep it healthy.

Dr. Talati is a dentist in Port St. Lucie that provides the highest quality general, family and cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients of all ages. She and her staff have a few dentistry- related suggestions for those of you who are making resolutions for the new year ahead. By keeping these resolutions, you can maintain good oral health all year long while possibly even saving yourself some money as you may be able to avoid paying for needed dental work.

1. See Your Dentist Regularly

Many people put off seeing their Port St. Lucie family dentist regularly because they don't feel it's necessary. But it is very important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings as these visits help you avoid common problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, X-rays and/or digital images of your teeth and oral cancer screenings can detect any potential problems in the early stages when they are the most manageable.

2. Floss Your Teeth Every Day

While flossing can seem like a tedious task to undertake every day, it is one of the best ways to keep gum tissue healthy and teeth clean. Flossing removes bacteria and debris from between teeth and along the gumline to help ward off tooth decay and gum disease. You should floss your teeth at least one time per day, preferably at bedtime.

3. Improve the Appearance of Your Smile

If you are hesitant to smile around others because of how your smile looks, make 2016 the year you make those needed improvements to your smile. Teeth whitening, bonding and veneers are all used to improve the appearance of teeth and enhance smiles. Dr. Talati will work closely with you to determine the best type of esthetic dentistry treatment you could benefit from.

4. Eat Sweets In Moderation and Kick the Habit if You Smoke

Limiting the amount of sweet treats you eat will help ward off tooth decay. While it's fine to enjoy some sweets now and then, practicing moderation is key to keeping your teeth healthy when it comes to sugary foods. And if you smoke, make 2016 the year you snuff out that habit once and for all so you can avoid some oral problems linked to tobacco usage like teeth staining, oral cancer and gum disease.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Talati and her staff at New Image Dentistry would like to wish all our patients a happy new year! If you'd like to schedule an appointment for the new year, please give us a call at (772) 871- 8959 or schedule your appointment on line via our contact page. We look forward to seeing you in our Port St. Lucie dentist office soon!

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