5 oral health resolutions

Many people make resolutions every New Year – but only 8 percent actually keep them. Be part of that elite group with these easy-to-keep resolutions that will help your smile sparkle all year long.

Floss daily

Only 4 in 10 Americans floss daily and 20 percent never floss.Flossing at least once a day is an essential part of oral health – it helps keep plaque at bay and can reduce your risk of gum disease and gingivitis.

Brush twice daily

More than 30 percent of Americans skip nighttime brushing.Brushing before bed helps remove a whole day’s worth of food particles, bacteria and plaque. Skipping this step allows plaque to rest against teeth all night, which, over time, can be harmful to your gums and tooth enamel. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste for decay prevention!

Commit to two minutes

Your brushing sessions should last for two minutes to ensure you’re reaching all the nooks and crannies in your mouth – but it can be surprisingly hard to guess how long 120 seconds is if you’re not looking at a clock. You can keep this resolution by using the toothbrush timer on Delta Dental’s free mobile app or using a toothbrush with a built-in timer.

Make a dental appointment

Seeing a dentist regularly means that any oral health issues you may have can be identified early, saving you time and money in the long run. Plus, people who visit the dentist on a regular basis tend to have better oral health and better overall well-being, so it’s well worth your time.

Drink more water

Drinking water is just as beneficial for your mouth as it is for the rest of your body. Staying hydrated can prevent dry mouth and helps rinse food particles and bacteria away from teeth. Carrying a refillable water bottle is a convenient and eco-friendly way to stay well-watered – and if you fill it with tap water, you’ll also benefit from a fluoride boost if your community fluoridates the water supply.

1, 22014 Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey