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Dental care resolutions for 2009
Updated: 12/26/2008 2:00:17 PM

May be time for improved dental health for the upcoming year In order to improve dental health in the upcoming year, people should curtail the amount of soda they drink and employ the use of an electronic toothbrush.

Those are two of the many dental care recommendations suggested by Dr Jim Arnold in a newspaper column for people looking to change their dental hygiene habits in 2009, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Postponing good dental health can help people avoid tooth decay and gum disease, which if allowed to develop can lead to other serious conditions.

Achieving optimal dental care can be as easy as making slight changes to one's diet and keeping extra toothbrushes around the house, wrote Arnold in the newspaper.

Reducing the intake of sugary foods, which the doctor says is good to do right after the holidays, can decrease damage to teeth. Arnold also suggested people stop smoking, as well as purchasing a bite guard for those who grind their teeth.

But the most important elements to dental care involved brushing twice a day and flossing at least once, said the doctor.

Recently, it was reported there was a connection between gum disease and heart disease, which may make dental care in 2009 significantly more important.

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