Last week, we told you how visiting our office could help with some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But many people – especially those who spent money on dental treatments in 2014 – have resolved to focus on oral care this year. In this post, we’ll provide reminders on the best ways to maintain happy and healthy teeth for 2015 and beyond.

I Resolve to Prevent Cavities This Year

An excellent resolution. You’ll save money and feel healthier. To achieve this goal, be sure to:

  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Rinse after consuming highly acidic beverages (colas, tea, and coffee)
  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash often

I Resolve to Make My Gums HealthierGum Disease Infographic from Jacksonville Dentist Dr. Harris Rittenberg

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, almost half the adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease. Symptoms can include:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

The good news is that improved oral hygiene can make a radical difference in the health of your gums. Here are some tips:

  • Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. Additionally, smoking can lower the chances for successful treatment.
  • Brush and floss to remove plaque: Ask us for help on your brushing and flossing technique. Many people make their gum condition worse by brushing with too much force or flossing in the wrong way.
  • Review your medical history: There are hundreds of prescription and over the counter medications that can reduce the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on the mouth. Without enough saliva, the mouth is vulnerable to infections such as gum disease.

I Resolve to Make Every Check-Up

Visiting our office is imperative if your resolution involves overall health or oral health in particular. We can catch small problems before the get big, advise on diet or lifestyle changes, determine if medications are impacting your health, and much more. Plus, we’ll make sure your smile is shining as brightly as possible.

Contact our office, message us on Facebook, or send an email to to schedule your check-up today.