Make Oral Health a Priority in 2018

January 5, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjamesblock @ 6:08 pm

A woman flossing her teeth. Eating healthier and focusing on exercise are common New Year’s resolutions. However, if your goal is to focus on health in 2018, don’t forget to include your oral health! Recent studies have shown that periodontal health and your overall health are actually closely related, so there’s never been a better time to take care of your teeth and mouth. Your dentist in Fremont shares a few easy ways you can improve your oral health in 2018.

Focus on Flossing

Most of us are committed to brushing our teeth twice a day. However, flossing is easier to let slip until suddenly you’re not doing it at all.

Flossing your teeth at least once a day is important for removing the plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth. Did you know that you can actually get cavities in between your teeth? As a bonus, it also helps to freshen your breath.

Make a commitment to floss once each day in 2018.

Quit Bad Habits

Giving up habits that are harmful to your oral health such as smoking can be challenging, but the benefits far outweigh continuing the habit. Smoking increases your risk for developing oral cancer and gum disease, not to mention the bad breath and discoloration of your teeth it causes.

If you would like help quitting this dangerous habit, your dentist is happy to support you.

Limit Your Sugar Intake

Sugar is the number one enemy of your teeth because it fuels the bacteria that cause the acids that destroy your tooth enamel. Cutting back on your sugar intake greatly reduces tooth decay and cavities, and it’s also good for your overall health.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Let’s face it. Every diet could use more fruits and vegetables, but did you know they’re also good for your oral health? Fruits and veggies actually neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay, while also increasing your saliva flow, which helps to wash away food debris.

Reach for fruits and veggies if you need an afternoon snack, and try to include them with every meal.

Committing to your six month dental cleanings and checkups will also help to improve your oral health for 2018. Give your dentist a call if it’s time to schedule yours.

About James Block Dentistry

Dr. James Block comes from a long line of dentists as he follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He is proud to provide patients in Fremont, CA with high quality dentistry, and patients will find many services such as neuromuscular dentistry at James Block Dentistry that they won’t find at other practices.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Block, he can be reached through his website, or by calling 510-793-0801.

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