Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Year...Try New Dental Resolutions

New Year, new resolutions! That’s is the way it goes every year, but did you know that most resolutions never make it past the end of January? It’s true. One of the main reasons that resolutions don’t last is because they are not personal, - It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change. This year I challenge you to make your resolutions personal and add a resolution to achieve the best oral health you possibly can. One of the best ways to achieve excellent oral health is to stop doing the things that are bad for your teeth. Below are three of the worst offenders for oral health, how to overcome them, and how to create the right habits that will ensure your new dental resolutions stick.

Chewing Ice Cubes

  • The habit: Remember that tooth enamel is a crystal. Ice is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break. Luckily most of the time it’s the ice, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break and that’s when you are in trouble.
  • The solution: Instead try to drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you're not tempted. Chewing ice is more risky than pleasurable so avoid the temptation to chew ice at all costs.

Constant Snacking

  • The habit: Snacking all day, especially on sugary or acidic foods and drinks, puts you at a greater risk for cavities. When you eat, cavity-causing bacteria feast leftover food, producing an acid that attacks the outer shell of your teeth. Also, the time you are exposed to sugary or acidic drinks makes a difference. The longer, the worse for your teeth.
  • The solution: Eat balanced meals to feel fuller, longer. If you need a snack, make sure it's low in fat and sugar. If you indulge in the occasional sugary treat, follow it with a big glass of water to wash away leftover food. Also, avoid sticky candy that last long in your mouth. If you must indulge, keep short and sweet.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

  • The habit: Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors or hold things when your hands are full. When you do this, you put yourself at a higher risk of cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t.
  • The solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth and teeth will thank you.

The next step in your dental resolution process is to incorporate the right habits. These include brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting the dentist for cleanings and checkups three times a year.
Make this year your best dental year, call our office to schedule your next appointment.

Dr. Papiernik specializes in cosmetic dentistrydental veneersdental implantsteeth whitening, dental cleanings, adult braces and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
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Miami Smile Dental
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100