Like most Americans, you probably resolved to make healthier choices this year. Eating right and exercising will do a lot to promote your overall health, but you shouldn’t stop there. Making these four small changes to your routine can also improve your oral health, which in turn can help prevent gum disease and even cardiovascular disease. Now that’s something to smile about!

1. Floss Every Day

Flossing is one of those things that is often neglected, only being done when you can feel pieces of popcorn or seeds stuck between your teeth. In order to effectively prevent gingivitis, however, it should be done on a daily basis. If you don’t like the process of wrapping floss around your fingers, Dr. Davis recommends that you use floss picks instead. They are quick and easy to use.

2. Stick Out Your Tongue

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and bad breath will definitely leave a bad impression. Whenever you brush your teeth, brush your tongue as well. Dr. Davis and The American Dental Association agree on this one. It will eliminate much of the bacteria that causes the bad odor in your mouth.

3. Chew Sugar Free Gum

Chewing sugar free gum for about 20 minutes after each meal will also help fight bad breath. It will also increase the production of saliva and reduce your risk or tooth decay.

4. Visit Dr. Davis

If you think you have gum disease, Dr. Davis can perform a periodontal exam. He can place you on a periodontal maintenance plan to keep your gum disease regulated, and he offers extensive gum disease treatments such as laser gum surgery to help you get back on track with your oral health!