Set and Achieve Your Dental Health Care Goals This Year

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A few themes likely dominate your thoughts as you set goals in the New Year. Perhaps among them is your health.

If so, add dental care goals for the New Year.

Health covers a lot of territory and your oral health occupies a significant portion of it.

If you have some changes to make what better time than now?

Where to start and what to do for your dental care goals

Refresh your dental care habits

As Atomic Habits author, James Clear, encourages…

”You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” [1]

Failing dental health could likely be the result of random, hit-and-miss “systems” relative to your oral health habits. Support your dental health goals with related “systems.”

For example, a brushing and flossing “system” could include:

  • Establishing a routine for your preventive care such as first thing in the morning, after a noontime meal, and prior to bedtime.
  • Setting a timer for approximately two minutes.
  • Choosing the right oral hygiene “tools” like a soft-bristled toothbrush, ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothpaste, antiseptic mouthwash, etc.

Reconsider your diet

This isn’t about weight loss as much as it’s about choices. Your choice about what to eat and drink also feeds bacteria in your mouth.

Among other oral health conditions rampant bacteria can produce:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease

Set your dental care goals around these diet reconsiderations:

  • Watch your sugar intake to prevent bacteria growth on your teeth.
  • Protect your teeth by rinsing with water after a meal or snack.
  • Ask your dentist about strengthening your teeth with proper vitamins and nutrients.

Restore and repair your teeth

Dental problems often start small. But postponing treatment can cause them to multiply and potentially worsen.

  • Bite and alignment issues can be treated and restored with orthodontics.
  • Seek treatment for tooth damage or cavities with dental fillings and dental crowns.

Reduce dry mouth

Saliva might seem unimportant. But it has major value to the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

  • Saliva protects your tooth enamel.
  • Saliva helps remove food and debris from your tooth surfaces.


  • Saliva guards against dry mouth condition.

Problems can arise when your saliva production is reduced. There are solutions that can help increase saliva.

  • Chew sugar-free gum or mints.
  • Drink milk and consume dairy products.
  • Monitor dry mouth triggers such as excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Ask your dentist about any over-the-counter medications that can produce dry mouth.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day.

Regular dental visits

Prioritize routine dental visits two times per year or every six months. A dental examination isPullQuote_PrioritizeDentalCare essential to monitoring your oral health and diagnosing any conditions before they worsen.

  • Schedule dental check-ups with a licensed, local dentist.
  • Follow-through on recommended dental treatment.
  • Use an online dentist for an initial examination or second opinion.

The following resources can help you stay consistent with your dental health goals - including regular dental visits:

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