It’s a new year. Make any resolutions? If you did, you’re in good company. 60% of Americans kicked off 2022 by making a resolution.
Most of these involve getting more fit, or healthy. But probably not many of these were aimed at improving dental health. And why not? Studies prove over and over that good oral health is linked to good overall health.
So, if you want to stay healthier this year, taking care of your teeth (and gums) may work wonders. And it may be the easiest New Year’s resolution you ever made (and kept!) – which is a bonus as only about 8% of us actually fulfill our new year resolutions.
1. Improve Your Brush Stroke – How’s your toothbrush stroke? You may have been brushing your teeth for as long as you remember, but that doesn’t mean you’re brushing correctly. In fact, your toothbrushing may be damaging your teeth and gums. Click here to see if you need to update your brush stroke.
2. Master the Art of Floss – Many adults would rather do something else instead of flossing their teeth, even something unpleasant, like clean a toilet floss. But flossing is one of the best ways to protect your gums and teeth from the bacteria that lurk around in your teeth. When your tooth brush fails to reach certain areas in your mouth, food particles build up and can eventually lead to gum disease and cavities. Fortunately, flossing is a great way to keep your teeth debris free. (It’s also a wonderful way to reduce bad breath!)But flossing is more helpful, when it’s done correctly – learn how to master the floss.
3. Smile More – It’s Good for You! – Smiling is good for your immune system. It lowers your blood pressure. And studies show that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers and serotonin, which will make you feel better. Smiling is also a great way to make everyone around you feel better. So, if you want to smile more this year, we can help it standout with either of our 2 professional teeth whitening treatments! Make Bellevue an even nicer place to live for everyone – here are 7 benefits that come with every smile you share!
4. Protect Your Teeth from Teeth Grinding – Teeth grinding is on the rise. And it’s no wonder because of the stressful times. You may not be aware that you grind your teeth, as this usually happens when you sleep. Teeth grinding can ruin your teeth or your smile. Fortunately, compared to the price of needing more serious dental treatments down the road, a night guard is a less expensive option to protect your teeth from yourself. If you suspect that you grind your teeth, learn more about some of the signs of teeth grinding and how a night guard can help.
5. Don’t Miss Your Dental Visits – When it comes to good oral health, preventative care is the key. Your regular dental exams and teeth cleanings are vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free of gum disease or cavities. These semi-annual check-ups will also help your dentist beware of any signs of trouble, such as cavities or tooth fractures, and offer treatment options before these dental issues become more serious, and costly.
If your goal this year is to be more healthy, adding these resolutions will work wonders and help keep you on track for a healthier new year! After all, your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. And when you need help on any of your dental resolutions this year, please give us a call at Just give us a call at (425) 957-4700 or schedule a visit with us or contact us online.