5 Ways to Improve your Oral Health in 2020

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At the beginning of a new year, people often create a list of resolutions or goals that they would like to accomplish. On the list are common goals like lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, or just overall being healthier. It may come as a surprise, but your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. Therefore, it is critical to consider improvements to your oral health to help you reach your health goals. To assist in accomplishing your resolutions this year, your Greeneville family dentists at Tusculum Dental Care are sharing five ways to improve your oral health in 2020.

  1. Eat a Healthier Diet

Eating healthier throughout the year could help you accomplish more than one goal. From losing weight to better oral health, the food and beverages you consume directly impact your overall health. Although a good oral health regimen could reduce the risk of tooth decay or gum disease, consuming products that are low in carbohydrates, sugar, or acids could also aid in avoiding common oral health concerns. So, instead of reaching for a candy bar, look for apples, yogurt, celery, carrots, or leafy greens to protect your teeth and your oral health, and curb your hunger.

  1. Brighten Your Smile

As you age and consume foods and beverages that stain your teeth, you may notice that your smile looks dingy. Unfortunately, research has indicated that others pass judgment based on the appearance of one’s smile. Sometimes that could result in a lost job opportunity, missed relationships, or exile from social situations. When you look in the mirror and think that you could benefit from a professional teeth whitening treatment, call our cosmetic dentists in Jonesborough to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, when consuming coffee, tea, wine, berries, or other teeth-staining substances, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash to help reduce staining.

  1. Straighten Your Teeth

Smiling with crooked teeth could cause anxiety and low self-esteem. It could also cause problems with your oral health as it makes thoroughly cleaning your teeth more difficult, increasing your risk of cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease. There are several options for treatment from traditional orthodontics to new invisible aligners that straighten teeth discreetly. The best way to determine the right treatment to straighten your teeth is to visit your cosmetic dentist in Erwin for a consultation. After your examination, options will be presented to meet your customized needs.

  1. Stop Smoking

Easier said than done, quitting smoking could have a considerable impact on your health and provide endless benefits for the rest of your life. Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco dramatically increase your risk for tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer. To help you kick the habit this year, talk to your doctor or dental provider in Greeneville about possible treatment options such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, prescription medication, smoking cessation groups, or progress-tracking apps that could help you permanently quit smoking.

  1. Visit Your Dentist

Quite often, visiting the dentist falls on the bottom of the to-do list. However, to help improve your oral health through preventative care, it is necessary to visit your dentist in Jonesborough for twice a year checkups and cleanings. Your dentist will ensure that your oral health is on the right track and spot potential problems before they become worse, resulting in additional treatments. Schedule an appointment and commit to improving your oral health this year.

General Dentists in Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin

Improving your oral health is an important part of your overall health. If you need to schedule an appointment for a checkup or cleaning or have questions about improving your oral health, feel free to contact Tusculum Dental Care by calling (423) 639-7575 or contact us through our website to request an appointment today.