The holiday season is in full swing and for many of our families that means a lot of gifts and celebration and merriment and food. Of course, when it comes to holiday food, a large number of us look forward to the candies and cookies that are so prevalent this time of year. Don’t get us wrong – it’s perfectly okay to splurge once in a while on the treats that we love. But don’t forget to brush and floss afterward, as many of those sticky, delightful treats can have a real impact on your teeth and oral health. This brings us to the topic for this blog. Given that we’re so close to the start of a New Year, we thought this would be an excellent time to mention a few New Year’s resolution ideas that will benefit the whole family through 2013 (and beyond!).
The start of a new year is always a good time to look forward to the promise of health and happiness for yourself and your family. Many begin the New Year with lofty resolutions that often include eating healthier, getting fit, and finding ways to better manage the stressors in our lives. We’d like to introduce one little New Year’s Resolution that will benefit everyone in the family without taking up too much time or effort in the day.
Without further ado – this 2013, we hope that all of our patient-family members at Dr. Cobb Pediatric Dentistry will resolve to brush and floss regularly throughout the year and enjoy the oral health rewards that come from actively taking care of your teeth as a family together.
How to do it! Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. We all know by now that brushing helps to rid your teeth and gum line from plaque and food debris which are the major co-contributors to tooth decay and gum disease. We also know that decay and gum disease lead to more frequent trips to the dentist as well. So, if you can find the time in the morning to floss after breakfast – before leaving for school or work – you’re giving your teeth and gums a healthy start to the day. That’s an easy one, right? Now, we know that it’s sometimes difficult to get your family to brush after lunch, due to the fact that many family members are at work or school during the day, but brushing after you return home is easy enough to do. Of course, brushing before bedtime is a routine activity in nearly every home – our patients and their families are really good at brushing at night, so no worries there! But a suggested New Year’s Resolution might be to find a time to brush your teeth just one more time during the day.
What’s another great New Year’s Resolution? Flossing! Some may not know that flossing is just as important as brushing every day. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association both agree that flossing is the only way to remove food build-up and plaque from between the teeth and below the gum line. Flossing gets to areas your tooth brush can’t reach (including those high-tech electric toothbrushes such as Oral-B and Sonicare). Flossing also helps to eliminate the causes of bad breath and to prevent cavities and gum disease.
In the end, if you resolve to floss once a day, and keep brushing regularly, it’ll be a great start to a year of health and happiness for you and your family. Dr. Cobb always says: good oral hygiene habits, combined with healthy food choices and bi-annual checkups, are the best ways to prevent tooth decay and maintain a beautiful smile.
Happy New Year, everybody!