A New Year’s Resolution To Smile About

    It’s that time of year again, when we usually make a New Year’s resolution that never makes it into the second week of January. This year, how about we set reasonable goals and do something easy and healthy at the same time.

    If you haven’t already made a New Year’s resolution, why not make one that you and your child can smile about? Setting a goal of good dental health is easy and it can benefit you and your child’s overall health.

    Good dental health requires only a few minutes a day. Here is some practical advice on how to make good on your resolution to improve you and your child’s smile:

    1) Resolve: To THROW away OLD TOOTHBRUSHES and replace them with new ones It is recommended that a toothbrush be replaced every 2 or 3 months or after an illness. Start the New Year with a new toothbrush.

    2) Resolve: Protect you Teeth and Gum Health Research now shows that one’s oral health has an impact on one’s overall health. The bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, and preterm babies. It is also the #1 cause of tooth loss in this country. Once tooth loss begins, an entirely new set of ordeals begins.

    3) Resolve: To BRUSH your Teeth at least TWICE a day Learning proper brushing techniques is an essential part of maintaining good oral health and preventing gum disease. Daily brushing helps remove decay- causing plaque from tooth surface. Parents and caregivers should consult us here at Dr. Stella’s if they would like us to review brushing techniques with your child.

    4) Resolve: To FLOSS DAILY Flossing cleans areas between the teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss should be used to floss between teeth at least once a day, preferably at night. Parents can help floss their child’s teeth until they are able to correctly floss by themselves, usually around 7 or 8 years old.