Kickstart your 2022 with these tips from our Glendale dentists

Written by Dr. McKay on Jan 4, 2022

Are you looking to start the New Year off with a fresh and new smile? Whether you’re looking for brighter teeth, whiter teeth, or just a general improvement in your oral health, we can help! Here are some lifestyle tips from our Glendale dentists on how to achieve your perfect 2022 smile.

1. Carry a water bottle
One of the number one simplest and most straightforward things you can do to improve your oral health is to consume more water. Not only does water flush away dental debris and bacteria; it also jump-starts saliva production in your mouth. And saliva works to neutralize bacteria and re-mineralize enamel—it’s a win-win!

Try carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day as a subtle reminder to consume H2O.

2. Pause before you brush
Thoroughly brushing your teeth is an essential habit if you want to maintain a glowing smile. However, you need to be careful about when, exactly, you brush. We recommend waiting to brush for about twenty to thirty after you finish eating or drinking. Here’s why: when dental enamel comes into contact with acidic substances, it becomes temporarily softened (and thus more vulnerable). By waiting a half-hour to manually clean your smile you give your enamel enough time to re-mineralize.

3. Cut out chomping
We often think about adopting new habits in the new year, but it can be just as useful to eliminate unhealthy tendencies. If you regularly chew on ice, hard candies, or mints, now is the time to stop! With a little mindfulness, you can eliminate this risk to your dental health.

Let’s make 2022 your smile’s best year yet! Give our Glendale dentists a call to learn more, ask questions, and schedule a personal consultation.