At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about what we’d like to accomplish during the next 12 months and New Year’s resolutions are often an important part of this process. While many New Year’s resolutions often fail within a few weeks, we’ve put together some that will make you smile with good oral health and which are easy and straightforward and satisfying to keep.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

A busy lifestyle can mean regular dental visits are delayed indefinitely, but they are one of the most important things you can do for dental health. Regular cleanings and dental checkups help you maintain a healthy mouth and avoid larger bills in the future.

Eat Less Sugar

The link between sugar and tooth decay is proven, as it is the ideal energy source for bacteria that cause cavities. Instead, this year resolve to cut back on sugary foods and swap them for healthier, more nutritious foods.

Quit Tobacco

Smoking stains your teeth and gives you bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease greatly. Also, your risk of other serious health problems like oral cancer and lung disease is higher. Ask your friends and family to help you quit or use apps and online programs for support.

Brush Twice a Day and Floss Once-A-Day

Finally, don’t forget to brush and floss regularly, which is the easiest resolution to keep as it will take you less than 10 minutes a day to achieve.