Happy, Healthy Mouth: 5 New Year Resolutions with a Dentist in Fremont

January 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjamesblock @ 9:47 pm

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At the beginning of a new year, you like to make goals for yourself. What do you want to accomplish in 2019? In what areas do you need to improve? How are you going to achieve these goals? Consider making your oral health and appearance your main priority in 2019. Unlike other goals that can be difficult to keep up, here are 5 easy resolution ideas from your dentist in Fremont that you can make and keep this year to promote your oral health.

Attend Your Dental Checkups and Cleanings

One of the best things you can do to improve your oral health is visit the dentist in Fremont twice a year. Even if you brush and floss faithfully every day, you can still benefit from having your teeth professionally cleaned to get the plaque you might have missed. When plaque hardens into tartar, it becomes much more difficult to remove on your own. The hygienists and dentist have the training and the tools to give you a clean slate every six months.


Sure, you brush your teeth every day, but do you floss as well? It seems like a small step, but it has a huge effect on your oral and overall health. Think about all the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth. If left there, the bacteria create acids that attack your teeth and irritate your gums. Over time, it can lead to cavities or gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, which has been linked to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Flossing helps prevent these problems from affecting your smile. Take that extra small step to protect your teeth and gums by flossing at least once daily.

Reduce Sugar Intake

If you’re considering trying to lose weight as one of your resolutions, here is some extra motivation to reduce sugary foods and drinks in your diet: cutting back on your daily consumption of sugar can help decrease your chances of cavities and gum disease. Those bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar. By making some smarter food choices, you deprive those bacteria of the chance to spread and harm your teeth and gums.

Make Better Food Choices

Did you know that there are some foods that can actually help your teeth and gums? It’s true. Some of these foods, like carrots and apples, help scrub food particles away from your teeth. Other foods, like dairy products can provide necessary nutrients for healthy teeth and gums. Fibrous foods encourage saliva production, which helps wash away plaque and leftover food particles. These foods include the following:

  • Leafy greens.
  • Broccoli.
  • Pears.
  • Chickpeas.
  • Almonds.
  • Oats.

Give Your Smile a Boost

In addition to having your teeth cleaned every six months, you could give your smile a makeover by taking advantage of great cosmetic dental services available. For example, if you have chipped or discolored teeth, consider getting porcelain veneers or Lumineers—thin sheets of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth to cover up imperfections. By doing this, you give your self-esteem and your overall wellbeing a huge boost. Make this year the time when you feel proud to show off your smile.

By making and keeping these simple and worthwhile resolutions, you can improve your oral and overall health this year. Knowing that your smile is happy and healthy will give you even more confidence to tackle your other goals and dreams. Start this year off on the right foot by scheduling an appointment with your dentist in Fremont.

About the Author

As a third generation dentist, Dr. James Block is the owner and operator of James Block Dentistry. Since starting his practice in 1990, he has continued to provide quality, compassionate dental care to patients in his hometown of Fremont, California. You may contact him by calling (510) 793-0801 or clicking here.

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