Your dental checklist for the New Year

Make your oral health a priority in 2020. Even if you have been neglecting your teeth and gums for most of your life, it is never too late to get it together!  Get dental insurance.

Invest in your oral health by finding a dental insurance that suits your needs. Having dental cover will also help you add your oral health to your budget in a predictable, manageable way. Affinity Dental offers a selection of tailored dental insurance plans for you to choose from. Whether you need cover for yourself, or your whole family, there is an option that will meet your particular needs.

Check up

The first thing to do is get a check-up at your dentist. This way your dentist can explore your teeth and gums and surrounding tissue and tell you exactly what needs to be done to get your mouth in optimum condition. Your dentist can also locate any cavities that may be forming or issues that can be prevented from deteriorating.

Refresh the stash

Throw out any old toothbrushes, expired toothpaste and year-old floss and refresh your stash. Most of us have a tendency to forget about hygiene products and use them way past their expiry dates. This may not be dangerous, but products are less effective after their ‘best before date’.

Try to buy toothpaste with an all-round use that whitens teeth and freshens breath, while killing germs. Add mouthwash and sugar-free gum to your purchases too, for freshness on the go.

Stop smoking

It seems unrelated, by while we are making resolutions to be better in 2010, why not nip the nicotine habit in the bud? Besides causing all sorts of cancers, cigarettes can really destroy your teeth and mouth. Smoking causes bad breath, cavities and discoloration.

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important to improve your oral and overall health, says Colgate. Consider free online tools, smokers’ anonymous groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you in quitting tobacco for good!


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