Exquisite Smile Times

Healthy news and information from Exquisite Smiles / 2023 January Issue

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Oral Health

Aside from visiting our practice for your regular checkups, here are a few resolutions you can make to improve your oral health this year.

Floss your teeth each day. Flossing helps to remove plaque and debris that brushing alone can’t reach-and it’s important for healthy teeth and gums. A great way to make sure you floss every day is to do it as part of your nightly routine.

Eat healthy snacks. Fresh fruit or vegetables are always a tasty option. Cheese is also a good pick as it’s full of calcium and it naturally helps to neutralise the acids in your mouth that can erode tooth enamel.

Quit tobacco. Smoking or using any form of tobacco products is a major cause of tooth staining and is also linked to an increased risk of gum disease, mouth cancer, and other medical conditions. Quitting these habits can greatly improve your dental health.

Smile More This Year

As your partner in oral health, it’s no secret that we care about your smile. One of the best ways to ensure you smile more in 2023 is to engage in smile-inducing behaviours.

Here are 10 things you can do to make yourself (or someone you love) smile:

1. Give someone a compliment

2. Make a snack you loved as a child

3. Call a friend

4. Watch a sunrise or sunset

5. Clear your inbox

6. Listen to your favourite song

7. Give a hug

8. Celebrate your victories

9. Ask a friend to tell you a funny story

10. Play with a pet

In the new year, we wish you nothing but reasons to show off your pearly whites!

5 Facts About Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is a common dental issue that can be caused by many different factors. To help you better understand this condition, here are five facts you may not have known:

• Jaw pain can be caused by grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw throughout the day.

• Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) may also be linked to jaw pain.

• Jaw pain is sometimes caused by stress and tension, which can cause muscles in the jaw and neck to become tense or strained.

• Some medications can cause dry mouth, leading to increased friction on the teeth and jaw muscles, resulting in jaw pain.

• If left untreated, jaw pain can worsen and lead to lasting facial discomfort.

It’s important to visit our practice if you are experiencing any of these symptoms to determine the cause and receive proper treatment.

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