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The New Year is just around the corner. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  While you are thinking about what kind of changes you would like to make for the coming year, don’t forget your smile!

One of the best things that you can do for your teeth is to cut down on the sugar. It isn’t as hard as you may think. While sugar can be found in many foods, with a little research, you can learn to avoid it it. The first step is to read the ingredients on the label. If a product has sugar, look for a sugar free alternative. Can also use sugar substitutes, which can even include choosing to season your food with spices, instead of sugar. Try taking your coffee or tea without the sugar, and instead of a soft drink, sports drink, or energy drink, drink more water. Water is good for your body and will help cleanse your teeth of food debris and harmful acids. While cutting back on sugar, do a little research to find out what foods and drinks you enjoy that contain high levels of acid? Those acids can damage the enamel on your teeth, and contribute to cavities. If you smoke, or use tobacco, consider starting the New Year off tobacco-free!

Many people brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day. You may want to develop the habit of brushing and flossing thirty minutes after every meal. Speaking of brushing, did you know that to do a good job, you need to brush for at least two minutes. Start the coming year by taking the full two minutes to scrub your teeth. Finally, it is a good idea to see your dentist twice a year for your routine cleaning and exam. This gives your dentist the chance to remove the plaque and tartar that your toothbrush may have missed, and to check your mouth and teeth for small problems and take care of them before they become big problems.

If you would like to learn more about taking care of your teeth, or if it is time for your regular dental visits, our dentist, Dr. T.F. Chen will be happy to see you! If you would like to make an appointment at T.F. Chen DDS in Glendale, California, call 818-502-1991 today!