New year = healthier habits

Ahhh. We’re into the new year and talk continues about resolutions and plans for the year. Many parents may be thinking about fitness and nutrition. Weight loss goals certainly abound in early January!

But as you think about resolutions and goals for 2020, consider flossing. (No, not the dance – though, that’s good for physical exercise!) Aim to floss between your teeth at least once a day. And ensure your children floss daily as well. (First Impressions recommends helping children floss their teeth until they are about 10).

In fact, flossing should begin as soon as a child has two or more teeth next to one another. This seemingly simple habit is integral to good dental health. Regular flossing removes plaque and food particles, and may help prevent cavities.

For adults, flossing also helps prevent gum disease, an inflammatory response which can wreak havoc on your entire body.

So as you look at your 2020 goals, consider your dental health and setting a good example for your children. Get flossing… and keep smiling. Happy New Year!

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