The holidays passed by at full steam ahead. After the gifts were opened, the meals were prepared and consumed, the New Year and the option to create resolutions seemed to be staring at us. As you consider resolutions for 2019, have you considered your dental health? Research shows that your oral health affects your general health and vice versa. With this in mind, plan your resolutions to include healthier choices for your teeth!

Oral Health and Dental Resolutions

  1. Brushing and Flossing: Dentists recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. In the new year, resolve to commit to this at home routine that will keep your teeth and gum health in check.
  2. Dental Cleanings: Scheduling bi-annually check-ups does not have to be a burden. We now have two locations to serve you at University General Dentists in Knoxville, so that making your appointment is easy and convenient. No insurance? We can help. Recently, we initiated the Smile Club to help you schedule routine check-ups and X-rays. The service can help simplify your payments for preventative care while also saving money on treatment.
  3. Diet Changes: Making small changes leads to lasting results when considering your health. Consider swapping sugary drinks with seltzer water or regular water. Increasing hydration levels is a simple way to see improvement in overall health. While you are switching sodas out, have you considered limiting sugar consumption? Consider making the changes in small doses to ease resolve: start by eliminating sugar from breakfast foods, then lunches, and so on. Read labels on foods that you routinely buy and consider swapping out for no or lower sugar options. Start with peanut butter and pasta sauces, which often contain hidden sugars.
  4. Smile Makeovers
    Smiles are one of the first ways we communicate. A smile can exude confidence, familiarity, and happiness while make a lasting impression. If you have been uncomfortable with any aspect of your smile or teeth, but were unsure of the procedures, we can help. We start with a consultation on your desires, using photos, meetings and an examination of overall oral health, dynamics of your face, mouth and skin tone. From there, we discuss anything that is needed to create your perfect smile. We can provide porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign and Simpli5 invisible braces as well as cosmetic bonding to start with reconstructing your smile!

Contact Your Knoxville General Dentists

We hope this article inspired you to take positive actions to make your smile part of your overall resolutions in 2019. The University General Dentist team is here to support your teeth and gum health. Reach out today to schedule your next visit at 865-305-9440 (University Medical Center) or at our new West Knoxville location, 865-500-5700. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best start to 2019 and your New Year’s Resolutions!