New Year’s Dental Resolutions

New Year's dental resolutions

New Year’s Dental Resolutions

At Prescott Dentistry, we love this time of year! We certainly enjoyed the wonderful New Year’s events in Prescott. If you are not familiar, every New Year Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott holds a fun, family-friendly event called the New Year’s Eve Boot Drop. Similar to the ball drop held on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York, the Prescott Boot drop features a lit-up cowboy boot that drops at Midnight on the first of January. Every year this wonderful event brings the entire community together and starts the New Year off on a positive note.

For many people, the start of a new year means creating a new set of goals. These goals often include exercising, eating healthier, or spending more time with family, but we often forget to include one of the most important factors regarding our overall well-being: our dental health. At Prescott Dentistry, we have created the following New Year’s dental resolutions to help our patients start the new year with healthy dental habits.

  1. Floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and bacterial build-up between the teeth and under the gums. By not flossing, you put yourself at a greater risk for gum disease.
  2. Plan ahead. Schedule your biannual dental cleanings in advance to ensure that you make time to see your Prescott Dentistry dentist. Dental cleanings are extremely important for keeping teeth strong and healthy.
  3. Limit your intake of foods high in sugar. Juice, candy, cookies, and many other sweet treats promote cavities, which can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and many other health problems along the way.
  4. Only use your teeth for chewing. Using your teeth as tools to open containers or packaging can chip your teeth, causing pain and an emergency trip to the dentist.
  5. Lastly, be proactive with your dental health. Do not wait until your teeth are causing you pain to see your dentist. The doctors of Prescott Dentistry will help you with preventative care options to keep your teeth healthy and prevent irritation or pain.

With the new year upon us, patients should consider scheduling their next dental cleaning to remove any build-up that may have occurred from eating holiday treats.  

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