Make New Year’s Resolutions For Your Smile

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What New Year’s resolutions have you made for 2023? We hope you haven’t forgotten about your smile! With a few simple changes to your daily routine, you can lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about making resolutions for your oral health.

Better Brushing and Flossing

First, make sure you’re taking the time to properly clean your teeth each day, as this could lower the risk of cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, and even fight bad breath and teeth stains. Let’s start with brushing. You should brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and then again before you wake up. You should use a toothbrush that has soft bristles to protect your teeth and gums. An electric or manual option is effective, it’s up to you. As far as toothpaste, we recommend one with fluoride as this helps strengthen the outer enamel to make cavities less likely.

You also need to floss every evening. Floss removes what a toothbrush cannot reach, and is essential for keeping your gums healthy. You should run the floss up and down each side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line each time.

Avoiding Too Much Sugar and Starch

You should also watch what you eat. A diet high in sugar and starch leaves behind particles that harmful oral bacteria will consume, leading to high levels of oral acidity and coating the teeth in plaque and tartar. This buildup is linked to a high risk of cavities and even poor gum health, with gingivitis and gum disease developing. Instead, try to enjoy sugar and starch in moderation, and eat fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain breads, options high in vitamin C, and drink plenty of water too!

See Us For Checkups and Cleanings

Our team also wants to keep a close eye on your smile. We can watch for signs of trouble with a routine checkup every six months, so we can address concerns before they cause discomfort. We will also clean the teeth in the same visit. A dental cleaning involves removing all plaque and tartar to fight tooth decay, bad breath, gingivitis, teeth stains, and periodontal disease. If you have any questions about safeguarding your smile against tooth decay and other issues, then contact our team today to schedule a visit with our team. Let’s start 2023 on the path to a healthier and brighter smile!


We would like to help you smile with confidence in the coming new year. If you have any questions about keeping teeth healthy and strong, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.