canstockphoto3813568 It’s time for the traditional New Year’s Resolution ritual where we dust off the exercise equipment and clean out our pantries in hopes that this year we can actually achieve our goals of becoming happier, healthier people. One of the quickest ways to achieve a “win” on the way is by taking care of your smile. Here are a few tips to improve your smile in 2016.

Make better choices in your diet.

Cutting out sugary sweets is probably one of the more obvious better choices, but did you know that eating healthier, whole foods on a regular basis can reduce inflammation and improve your smile? Adding in more vegetables and fruits in place of sugary or starchy items is a great way to improve not just your waistline, but also your oral health.

Quit using tobacco.

Tobacco stains on your teeth can make you look older, and smoking can cause gums to become inflamed. If you’ve been wanting to quit for a while, this might be a good time to try. Your oral health will benefit from kicking the habit.

Reduce coffee, tea and red wine consumption.

Coffee, tea, and wine are similar to tobacco in that they can yellow your teeth. Reducing your consumption may reduce yellowing on your teeth over time.

Make improvements to your daily oral health routine.

Consider purchasing a water flosser or electric toothbrush for better cleaning. If you don’t already floss regularly (most people hate flossing, so you aren’t alone), maybe start by resolving to floss your teeth every day.

Explore cosmetic dentistry options.

Whiter, brighter, straighter smiles are very attractive. Cosmetic dentistry has become one of the easiest ways to improve self-esteem, social life and even your career.

Dr. Kidess specializes in sedation and cosmetic dentistry. Contact our office to learn more about our services.