As soon as December 31st comes around, people usually are preparing their new year’s resolutions. A popular one is getting fit and staying healthy. But what most people do not realize is that your oral health is a very important step in the process of getting healthy. Below are the steps to follow for a sparkling new year.

* Brush at least twice daily. Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Be sure not to miss those hard to reach back teeth and pay close attention to the gum line. Moving your jaw left or right may help access difficult areas. Also, correctly direct your brush at a 45 degree angle towards the gums. Gentle brushing with a non abrasive toothpaste is best.

* Flossing is just as important as brushing. It removes the bacteria left behind where your brush can not fit. Flossing does about 40% of the work and is also very important in the health of your gums. We recommend using minted Glide floss for the easiest and most pleasant flossing experience.

* Routine dental cleanings and exams are crucial in maintaining your oral health. You should visit your dentist every 6 months. A dental cleaning will remove any plaque and tartar left behind while brushing. You will likely have check up x-rays once a year to be sure there is no decay. Your dentist will also go over the proper brushing and flossing techniques.


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