The year is coming to an end and the new year is looming before us. It is the time of year where resolutions get made with the best interests but are often quickly abandoned. Many people make resolutions for their health but often fall short. Below, we’ll list some resolutions you can begin implementing now before the new year arrives to get a stronger, healthier smile in 2019. It’s time for a new year and a new smile from Forest City Dental!
Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables
Our parents always told us that we are what we eat. They also told us to eat more fruits and vegetables when we were kids. This is one habit that hopefully has stayed with you as you grew up! Countless health benefits can be enjoyed when you eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of your normal daily diet. If you don’t consume clean and healthy foods and drinks, your oral and dental health are one of the first areas affected. Eating foods full of processed sugars or that are loaded with carbs and preservatives is a sure-fire way to damage your teeth and gums and cause all kinds of problems with your oral health and dental wellbeing. In the new year, make sure you are working fruits and vegetables into your diet and start now with adjusting your eating habits to move away from candy, cake, and chips. Nutrients found in fruits, veggies, and nuts can fight against bacterial build-up. Vegetables like celery and fruits like apples can help clean bacteria and plaque that get stuck in between your teeth. One of the best ways to start moving towards a healthier you with a new year and a new smile is to up your intake of fruits and veggies.
Cut Back on Alcohol Consumption
During the end of year holiday celebrations, people tend to let themselves go a bit when it comes to food and drink. And this can pose a problem for your dental health and can lead to starting off the new year in 2019 with dental issues that need addressing. The best way to avoid this and to get a new year and a new smile is to keep everything in moderation, especially the alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption can be extremely harmful to your overall health, but your oral health can take a heavy hit if you’re not careful. Alcohol is very corrosive and also has a good bit of carbs in it which can stick to your teeth and coat the long after you are done drinking. There it can damage and weaken your gums, erode the enamel of your teeth, worsen tooth decay, cause your gums to recede, and even speed the onset of periodontal disease. Many people are surprised to learn that if they use tobacco products on a daily basis, have a poor diet without the healthy fruits and vegetables, and consistently consume excessive amounts of alcohol, they are much more likely to lose teeth and need advanced and invasive dental procedures to fix their teeth and gums.
What Are Veneers?
If you are already dealing with dental issues as 2018 comes to a close, now may be the time to think about getting veneers to get your smile back in 2019. So, what are veneers anyways? Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of dental porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth. They can conceal a range of cosmetic issues and last for several years. They are relatively easy to fashion and apply and can quickly restore the look of straight, white, healthy teeth to give you a new year and a new smile! It is a great way to take control of your dental health in the new year so talk to your local dental team about whether they are right for you! They can be expensive but the results are well worth it for most individuals.
What Is Bonding?
Another common procedure that is done to help improve the look and feel of damaged and unsightly teeth is something known as bonding. Dental bonding uses cosmetic resin to cover or repair flaws in the appearance and shape of a single tooth or several teeth. The resin, which basically a specialized dental putty, is applied to the tooth’s surface and then shaped and molded to look like a natural tooth before it is cured. Once it has been fully dried and hardened, the resin is almost impossible to distinguish from your own natural teeth’s enamel and it can last for many years. One of the benefits of dental bonding is that the process is relatively inexpensive and can be completed in a single day.
Conditions Treated With Veneers and Bonding
There are many different issues that are easily addressed and treated by both porcelain veneers and dental bonding. Some of the issues the team here at Forest City Dental can address using these treatments include:
• Chips in the surface or interior of the tooth material
• Short or eroded teeth that have been worn down over the years
• Damage to the enamel such as ridges or markings caused by other treatments
• Misaligned or crooked teeth or bites that do not properly align
Which treatment is right mostly depends on the extent of the damage. For smaller repairs, dental bonding is usually a better option because it requires less alteration of your tooth and can be completed on the same day. You can start with a new year and a new smile with some minor cosmetic dental work from your local dental care team.
Visit Your Dentist!
Keeping up with your appointments and following all the instructions given by your dentist will help you prevent oral and dental health issues as you head into the new year. You are responsible for the day in and day our care of your teeth and gums but you cannot do it alone. With regular visits and check-ups from your dental care team, you’ll receive everything you need to get both a great start to a new year and a new smile!
A New Year and a New Smile
Let 2018 be the year that you’re proud to share your smile with friends, family and more! Call us today here at Forest City Dental and let us help you say goodbye to the old smile and the old year and hello to a new year and a new smile together. Schedule your appointment today and see the difference a healthy beautiful smile can make this year and for many more to come!