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Healthy Dental New Year’s Resolutions

Healthy Dental New Year’s Resolutions

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouth rinses also helps to improve your oral health.


Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Check out some of our earlier blogs on how to prepare healthy food for you and your kids.

Improving Your Smile

There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental office or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use. Tooth whitening products are typically categorized into two major groups: Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) and peroxide-containing bleaching agents. The following are different types of tooth whitening methods:

  • Whitening toothpaste.
  •  Professionally applied bleaching products.
  •  Peroxide-containing bleaching agents.
  •  Dentist-dispensed and OTC home-use products.


Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth. Ask us about our orthodontics options; we offer traditional metal braces, Invisialign and Functional Appliances.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits to see Dr. Jaleel

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow Dr. Jaleel and our dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.


A New Year, A New You with Teeth Whitening Brought to you by Dr. Jaleel

It’s a New Year and one of your resolutions likely involves bettering yourself. Why not start the year off right with a dazzling smile? If you’ve been ashamed over the shade of your teeth and have been finding yourself hiding your smile, we wouldn’t want you to give off the wrong impression about yourself. Having your teeth as white as they can be will rejuvenate your smile, bring a new sense of self-confidence, and will give you more reasons to smile in the first place!

Boost your confidence with whiter teeth.

Boost your confidence with whiter teeth.

The colours of our teeth are inherently within a range of yellowish-to greyish shades. Although our teeth fall within this natural range, it is the whitest of smiles that we associate with health, vitality, happiness and beauty. Luckily, turning this perception into reality is well within our reach with the latest advancements in bleaching and whitening technologies. For this reason, teeth whitening can be an effective and simple makeover for your face at any age!

Before and After Teeth Whitening Treatments.

Before and After Teeth Whitening Treatments.

Teeth naturally darken with age. Just as our hair turns white, so do our teeth begin to yellow. (Too bad the opposite couldn’t be true!) The accumulation of stains from food, drink and smoking accelerates the darkening process that comes with age. Teeth may also be darkened by certain medications, root canals or trauma to the teeth. But there is no need to kick the coffee habit just yet!

A peroxide-based concentration penetrates tooth enamel, removing stains while lights in the form of lasers catalyze the reaction to speed up the process. Although the agents used by a professional dentist in Ottawa are stronger than at-home treatments, the precision and care taken during application increases effectiveness and reduces any possible irritation.

Teeth Whitening Process

Some teeth and gum sensitivity may be a possible but brief side effect. However, friendly and accommodating, just let Ottawa dentist Dr. Jaleel aware of any personal sensitivities to make the process as comfortable for you as possible. Teeth whitening treatments are worth making the visit to your Ottawa dentist to ensure the most efficient and effective treatment to serve your personal needs. Based on the current colour of your teeth, sensitivity and medical history, cosmetic dentists will tailor your treatments. Accordingly, you can begin seeing results as quickly and comfortably as possible for you personally.

Don’t wave your white flag of surrender. Instead flash a new set of pearly whites! Stop by Dr. Jaleel, your local dentist in Ottawa, to see if you can turn your discoloration from coffee into a declaration of confidence!