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If you are one who wishes for a healthier and more beautiful smile, now is the time to work toward your smile goals! With the New Year rolling around the corner, it’s time to make some resolutions that will give you the oral health and appearance you have always wanted. The best smile resolutions are to:

Brush properly
In order to brush properly, you need to brush two times a day (two minutes each time) with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you thoroughly brush each tooth with a circular motion and do your best to be gentle as you brush along the gum line. Doing these things will help you remove the plaque and food particles from the smile.

Floss daily
Many people forget to floss each day, but you need to make sure to remember to floss at least once a day, no matter what. Flossing will help you further prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it will help you completely clean your teeth. You can use whichever flossing product you like best—just make sure you use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Chew sugarless gum
Sugarless gum is a great product to chew throughout the day, especially after each meal. If you chew this gum, saliva will be produced in your mouth, and the more saliva that is produced, the more your smile will be protected from tooth decay and the more your teeth will be washed.

Have a healthy diet
Having a healthy diet will not only help you improve your body’s health, but it will also help you improve your oral health. If you eat tooth-healthy foods, your smile will have the best chance at fighting tooth decay. Some tooth-healthy foods include fresh fruits and veggies while unhealthy foods include candy and sugary treats.

Visit your dentist
For the best oral health possible, you will need to visit the dentist every six months. These appointments will allow our dental team to thoroughly clean and examine your smile, which will help you prevent as well as treat dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. So, make sure you visit your dentist twice this year so you can have the healthiest smile possible.

If you do these five things this year, you will have the best oral health and smile and you will finally have the means to preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. So, do your best to achieve the smile of your dreams this year. Dr. Sonny Ashfar and our dental team at Star Dental look forward to seeing what you can do! If you need any help, please call 916.773.6222 today.