Starting some new year’s resolutions is a great way to get yourself excited and motivated about reaching your goals for the year. If one of your goals is to get your teeth in better shape, molding some of your resolutions around your oral hygiene is a great place to start. From the fundamentals to more advanced ideas, Hoskinson Orthodontics is here with a few new year’s resolutions that you may be interested in.

If you are in the Scotia, NY area and looking for top-notch orthodontic treatment, contact Hoskinson Orthodontics today!

Master Your Daily Routine

The first and most important thing you can do for your teeth is master your daily oral hygiene routine. That means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you are in the middle of your orthodontic treatment with traditional braces, make sure you are flossing as much as you can and ensure to get between the brackets.

Flossing may be difficult and even feel like a nuisance from time to time, but it is drastically important to keep everything clean while you are undergoing treatment.

If you are already an avid brusher and flosser, consider adding some new steps to your routine. The occasional stick of sugar-free gum is great to keep your mouth fresh throughout the day and in between meals, and adding a mouthwash rinse to the start of your day can also help keep your breath fresh for longer. Another way to help keep your breath fresh is to use a tongue scraper.

Keep Up with Your Check Up’s

If you are currently being seen for ongoing or upcoming orthodontic treatment, make sure you keep up to date with your check-ups. Check-ups are your orthodontists’ opportunity to ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly. If something is out of place or moving in the wrong direction, during your check-ups, your orthodontist can spot and address these issues, saving you from further treatment down the road.

Keep a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is a great way to help you knock off a couple of resolutions. It may surprise you, but keeping a healthy diet can drastically affect your teeth’ health. Sugary and dark drinks such as soda, red wine, and coffee can degrade and stain your teeth, whereas plenty of foods actually acts in fortifying them.

According to the University of Illinois Chicago, a few of the best foods and drinks for your smile include high calcium foods like cheeses, yogurt, and milk. They also recommend drinking plenty of water, eating your daily recommended dose of leafy greens, and avoiding acidic foods.

Book an Appointment with Your Local Orthodontist

If you have been putting off getting orthodontic treatment, there is no better time to start than now! Many people are under the misconception that it is too late to receive treatment, but with recent advancements in orthodontic technology, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Between Invisalign and other treatment options, bettering your smile as an adult has never been easier. In Scotia, NY, Hoskinson Orthodontics has all the expertise and tools to help you through this process, so if you are in the area, contact us today for a consultation.

New Year, New Smile

Make this year the year of your teeth! By working towards these new years resolutions, you should see some of those results you have been looking for. Remember not to skip out on any of your appointments this year, keep a healthy diet, and make sure you stick to your daily routine.

From everyone here at Hoskinson Orthodontics, we wish you a very happy and healthy new year!