Good resolutions for the health of your teeth

Foods good for teeth

The entire team at Helvident dental centers and clinics wishes you a happy new year 2024 with good health and lots of smiles! Each new year brings its own set of good resolutions. What if you decided to adopt better habits to take care of your teeth this year? Here's all the advice from our dentists. It's up to you to decide which ones you want to follow in 2024.

Better oral hygiene

January has just begun. So there's still time to make good resolutions for 2024. 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.

To complete your daily hygiene routine, remember to floss. The Swiss Dental Association recommends that you floss every interdental space every evening after brushing. After all, there's always food residue and bacteria between your teeth. In the long term, this creates problems: bad taste, bad breath, gingivitis, periodontal disease, mobility, tooth loosening... The solution: floss, if possible waxed, or waxed and mentholated.

Less sugar in your diet

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. That's the advice from our dentists. 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.

The same applies to energy and sports drinks. Even if their name suggests that they are healthy drinks, they contain a lot of sugar. In fact, it's often the main ingredient. For all dentists in Switzerland, sugar means cavities. Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks and always prefer plain water. If you have a tendency to nibble between meals, try retreating to a snack. sugar-free chewing gum or a large glass of water. This will reduce the repeated acid attacks on teeth that lead to cavities. 

Take up sport

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. And don't forget fluoride, an important ally in strengthening enamel. If you or your child take part in a high-risk sport, remember to wear a mouthguard. Cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, rugby... all these activities involve the risk of a fall or collision. Every dentist's advice: wear a mouthguard to avoid dental trauma

Stop smoking, the best of resolutions

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 you find yourself in this situation, you should know that you can be accompanied by a specialist. Don't hesitate to ask your health practitioner for advice.

Making a dental appointment

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 or she blows out their first candle! People with chronic illnesses require two visits a year.

Whatever the month or season, you should never neglect the health of your teeth. HELVIDENT welcomes you to its three dental clinics in Fribourg, Lausanne and Aigle. Don't hesitate to make an appointment to receive care and advice from our dentists, dental hygienists and other specialists. We'll help you stick to your resolutions.