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It’s 2019 and we know you’re ready for the best smile ever!

The good folks at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen and La Feria are eager to help you make this the best year ever when it comes to your oral health. Now is the perfect time to remember how our oral health affects our overall health and to take the lead in making sure our teeth, gums, and mouth are in great condition.

If you are ready to make the necessary changes to get the smile you have always wanted, then consider following these oral health habits in 2019 and beyond.

2019 Resolutions and Habits to Make Your Smile Gorgeous

The following oral care routine habits can really make a difference when it comes to protecting your teeth and smile:

  • Brush Twice a Day: This is the simplest step that you can take to ensure healthy teeth and gums but one that can be easily forgotten when you are in a rush. That’s why having an oral hygiene travel kit on hand is the best option for busy individuals. Make sure to brush those pearly whites at least twice a day, for two minutes at a time, using circular motions and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss Daily: Flossing is another essential habit that you need to develop to protect your teeth and gums. While brushing will help to remove surface plaque and bacteria, you’ll need to floss in order to get to that tough to reach plaque in between crevices and along your gum line. Make sure to floss at least once a day.
  • Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar: This simple addition to your oral healthcare routine can help to remove bacteria from your mouth, minimize staining, and help to maintain fresh breath.
  • Improve Your Diet in 2019:  Yes, sugars and sweets can be tasty. But they can also do a number on your teeth, causing plenty of cavities and other oral health issues. That’s why maintaining a healthy diet is of utmost importance to building strong healthy teeth. Make sure to eat plenty of delicious tooth-scrubbing fruits and veggies as well as tooth-building snacks full of calcium like cheese, yogurt, and nuts.
  • Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!: Another habit that often gets overlooked, drinking water benefits you in a number of ways. Not only is it essential for your overall health but it also helps to improve saliva production which prevents dry mouth and keeps the environment within your mouth healthy. It’s also important to drink fluoridated water to protect your tooth enamel.
  • Avoid Bad Habits: One of the worst habits that can ruin your oral health is tobacco use. Some of the issues that can arise from excessive tobacco use include plaque and tartar buildup, increased loss of bone, increased risk of developing gum disease, and an increased risk of tooth loss. Other bad habits you’ll want to limit or completely avoid include eating an excessive amount of teeth staining foods like coffee, tea, red wine, and chocolates, as well avoid acidic foods like sports drinks.
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake: Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol not only affects your overall health but also your oral health. As per the Academy of General Dentistry, individuals who have a habit of smoking and excessive alcohol intake are at an increased risk of gum recession.
  • Visit Your McAllen Dentist Twice a Year: Professional dental cleanings are important to maintaining the health of your gums and teeth. Your McAllen dentist at WhiteWing Dental will check your overall oral health, perform a thorough cleaning, remove any plaque and tartar buildup, polish your teeth, and provide a fluoride treatment if necessary.
  • Get That Restorative Treatment Done: While not ideal, cavities and other oral health issues happen. But when they do occur, it’s important to take care of these problems immediately. Whether it’s getting your cavity filled or improving your smile with crowns or implants, restorative dentistry can do wonders to improve your smile and the overall health of your mouth.

Get started on your New Year’s resolution for a healthier you by visiting our amazing dental team at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen or La Feria.

Our family dentistry is ready to provide you and your children with the best dental care in South Texas.

Contact us today at (956) 686-5577 to schedule an appointment.