The new year is a time for fresh starts and change. About 39% of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution this year with most focusing on better health and personal improvement. This year, make it a priority to improve your oral health. Below are some great New Year’s resolutions for a better smile.

Eat Healthier

Whether you vow to eat healthier to lose weight or improve your general health, improving your eating habits is one of the most common resolutions that people make. While maintaining a healthier and more balanced diet will improve your overall health greatly, it will also have an impact on your oral health. Many foods that are bad for your body are also bad for your teeth. This includes sweets, soda, and wine to name a few. These foods not only cause you to pack on pounds and increase your risk for chronic diseases, but they also lead to staining, tooth decay and gum disease.

Quit Smoking

Kicking your smoking habit is a great goal to set for the new year. Smoking can cause a long list of chronic diseases but also has an impact on your mouth. Staining of the teeth and gum disease are common side effects of smoking. In severe cases, smoking can also lead to tooth loss. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to look and feel your best.

Floss Daily

It’s not hard to do, and takes less than a minute to complete, but many people do not floss as often as they should. The American Dental Association recommends flossing every day, and while most people brush daily, they seem to skip the flossing. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque between the teeth that can cause bad breath and lead to cavities and gingivitis. Make it a habit this year to floss before bed to maintain a better smile.

Regular Dental Checkups

It is recommended that both children and adults visit the dentist at least twice per year. If you have been avoiding the dentist for a while, it’s time for a dental checkup. Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque can build up and cavities can form. If left untreated, more severe issues can arise. Make an appointment with your dentist and make this the year you get back into good dental habits.