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Cheers to a healthier smile: Your 2024 dental goals

Happy New Year from the team at The Practice, West End! As we welcome this new year, we can’t think of a better resolution than prioritising your dental health! 

A healthier smile has many benefits, not only boosting your confidence but enhancing your overall health and well-being. Just in case you need a reminder, the dentists from our South Brisbane dental clinic have shared some practical dental goals for 2024 that will improve your oral health. 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day

Pretty basic right? Unfortunately, you’d be surprised by how many people get caught up in the business of life and neglect to brush their teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth in the morning and at night is the foundation of good oral health and will keep your teeth and gums in good condition.

Brushing in the morning will help eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease – giving you a fresh start to the day. In the evening brushing is even more important. It will get rid of any food or sugar that is hanging around from the day, removing the bacteria that produce acids that break down tooth enamel, leading to decay and cavities. 

Further reading: Your guide to choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste.

  • Floss once a day

Unfortunately, brushing doesn’t get rid of debris stuck between your teeth. Flossing once a day (before bedtime is best) will remove any particles in hard-to-reach places that your toothbrush can’t reach. There are a few different options when flossing, from water flosses to traditional string-style floss to help you maintain good dental health.

  • Drink sugary drinks and eat sweet snacks in moderation

Sugary drinks are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to poor dental health. The sugar in these drinks provides fuel for bacteria, which produce enamel-damaging acids. Ongoing exposure to these sugary foods and drinks can cause serious dental issues.

In 2024 say goodbye to sugary snacks and drinks, opting instead for water or low-sugar/natural sweetener alternatives. 

water for oral health

  • Drink more water

We all know water keeps us hydrated, but it also helps maintain better oral health. Water rinses away debris and sugar between brushing to reduce the buildup of plaque. It also encourages saliva production, which helps to keep your teeth cleaner. Tap water contains fluoride, which strengthens enamel and enhances the mineral content in your teeth.

  • Schedule 2 x check-ups this year

Regular dental check-ups are essential. At The Practice, we recommend a check-up and clean every six months to ensure you keep on top of your oral health. This will keep on top of any accumulated tartar build up, and detect early signs of cavities or gum disease before they escalate into something more serious.

Why not book your appointments online in advance, be proactive and we’ll send you a reminder before you’re due for your appointment at our West End dental clinic. 

Further reading: Why you should visit the dentist every 6 months

Get ready for a healthier smile in 2024

These simple yet impactful dental goals can pave the way for improved oral health and a brighter, more confident you throughout 2024. By incorporating these habits into your routine, you’re not just taking care of your teeth – you’re investing in your overall health and well-being. 

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