Good oral hygiene resolutions

good oral hygiene resolutions

The Helvident team wishes you a healthy and happy New Year 2022! A new year means new resolutions. What if you decided to adopt better habits to pamper your oral hygiene? Discover our recommendations and choose the ones you'd like to implement this year. 

Resolution no. 1: improve your oral hygiene

January has just begun. So there's still time to make good resolutions for 2022. Have you thought about taking care of your teeth? L'World Health Organization recommends 2 brushings a day, morning and evening. Each brushing should last at least 2 minutes. For effective plaque removal, it's best to use a fluoride toothpaste. There is a wide range of toothpastes to suit every stage of life and every dental pathology.

Resolution no. 2: become a flossing pro

To complete your daily hygiene routine, remember to floss. The Swiss Dental Society recommends that you floss every time you go to the dentist. interdental space every evening after brushing. After all, food residues and bacteria remain between your teeth. Eventually, this creates problems: bad taste, bad breath, gingivitis, periodontal disease, mobility, tooth loosening... The solution: floss, waxed if possible, or waxed and mentholated.

Resolution no. 3: get help to stop smoking

Tobacco is one of the biggest enemies of your oral health. You're aware of it, but you just can't seem to kick the habit. Some people quit smoking overnight. If this isn't your case, you're not alone. Many smokers try to quit, with great difficulty. If this sounds like you, you should know that you can get help from a specialist. Don't hesitate to ask your health practitioner for advice.

Resolution No. 4: Dare to have orthodontics, whatever your age.

Are you ashamed of your teeth? Do you hide your mouth to smile? Orthodontics isn't just for children and teenagers. It's never too late to start orthodontic treatment. The result: invaluable benefits in terms of comfort of life, conservation of teeth and gums? Make an appointment with an orthodontist for a check-up. At HelvidentWe offer dental care for all ages. 

Resolution no. 5: eat healthily and avoid snacking

We all have the right to enjoy the pleasures of the table during the festive season. From the beginning of January, it's time to get back to our good habits and eat a healthy, balanced diet. If you have a tendency to nibble between meals, try retreating to a healthy snack. sugar-free chewing gum or a large glass of water. This will reduce acid attacks that lead to cavities. 

Resolution no. 6: reduce your sugar intake

Everyone knows: too much sugar is bad for your health. There's visible sugar, the kind you add to your coffee or cake, but also the hidden sugar found in most industrial products. In other words, we're far exceeding the recommended daily intake. This year, avoid sweets and soft drinks. Consumption of these tooth-damaging products should remain the exception.

Resolution no. 7: prevent tooth decay in children

Children succumb even more easily than adults to the lure of sugar. Excess sugar can lead to numerous health problems, including tooth decay. We now know that, with good oral and dietary hygiene, every child can aspire to cavity-free teeth. So try to instill better habits in them from an early age.

Resolution no. 8: Play sports regularly 

It's undoubtedly one of the resolutions we hear most often at the start of the year. In fact, regular physical activity goes a long way towards improving overall health. It will also have an impact on your oral health. Drink water regularly during your workout. Rinse your mouth after taking sugary energy bars or drinks. Finally, don't forget fluoride, an important ally in strengthening enamel. If you or your child is involved in a high-risk sport, remember to wear a mouthguard. 

Resolution no. 9: schedule dental appointments now 

It's important to set up regular check-ups for your oral health. Contact your dentist now to schedule an annual check-up for you and the rest of the family. And don't forget to bring your youngest as soon as he blows out his first candle! Worried about the current health crisis? Your healthcare professional will be able to welcome you in compliance with current health standards. People with chronic illnesses must undergo two visits a year.

Resolution no. 10: finally take charge of your fear of the dentist

More than half the population has fear of the dentist to varying degrees. These range from simple discomfort to full-blown phobia and avoidance behavior. Don't hesitate to talk it over with your dentist and his or her assistant. Sometimes, a good discussion solves the problem. For anxiety and phobias, psychological treatment can be considered. There are also dentists who have been trained in a range of techniques, including hypnosis and conscious sedation, and who can offer you a reassuring video consultation.

Setting yourself too many good resolutions is utopian. You can choose one or two and stick to them all year long. It'll be a great achievement! It's up to you to make 2022 a year of oral health!