Chingford Mount Dental Practice
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New Year’s resolutions to keep your smile healthy

It’s January once again…the time everyone goes by ‘new year, new you’ and suddenly your whole town is down at the gym on 1st January! It’s a great time to make a fresh start and improve your life or health in some way, so here are a few New Year’s resolutions to get you inspired and keep your smile healthy this year. Book a dental appointment A great way to start the year is to come and visit us to make sure your oral health is in check. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, you’re not alone. About a quarter of adults admit they have not visited a dentist in the past two years! However, having regular appointments with us is vital to keep your teeth in check and prevent any oral problems. Have regular appointments throughout the year To make the process of scheduling dental visits easier, book your next appointment straight after your check up, at our reception. Jot it down in your diary and we’ll also send you a reminder text or email before your next appointment. Floss daily Usually starting something is always the hardest. If you know you should be flossing every day but keep putting it off, make 2017 the year you floss every day! It sounds like a big commitment, but flossing is essential for a good oral health as brushing alone isn’t enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth. Cut back on your sugar in-take An occasional sweet treat is not terrible, however if you’re in the habit of having 3 sugars in your tea accompanied by 2 chocolate biscuits, try and cut down on your sugar intake. Try swapping the treat for a healthier alternative, like a piece of fruit, some nuts or frozen yogurt instead of ice-cream. Another great way to cut down on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy and shop-bought sauces such as pasta sauce, which can contain a great amount of added sugar. Instead, why not make your own sauces at home with fresh ingredients, so you know exactly what goes into your food. Quit smoking These days there is a lot of help if you decide to quit smoking, with support groups & products to help you with cravings etc. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, oral cancer and cavities, plus it doesn’t give you the freshest breath! This year give the no-smoke life a proper go and take up a sport or activity to help you when the carvings kick in.