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This year, why not make a New Year’s resolution that will actually change your life and give you back tenfold in health and happiness what you put into it?  One of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for this year, and for the rest of your life, is taking care of your mouth.  Here are five resolutions that can help keep you on track. 

Schedule a Dental Appointment

About one third of people in the U.S. don't see a dentist yearly, but booking this appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. Some conditions – such as sensitivity in the teeth or bleeding gums – are sure signs that it's time to see a dentist. To make the process of scheduling visits easier, book your next one before you leave the office. 

Commit to Flossing 

Brushing your teeth twice a day isn't enough to keep plaque from building up on your teeth, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too. If you're not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start.  One way to make it easier to remember is putting a container of floss on top of your toothpaste.  

Cut Back on Sugar

Studies confirm a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay he has. Cutting back on sugar can cut your risk for tooth decay considerably. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy. Simple swaps will help you cut back as well: Drink sugar-free seltzer water instead of soda, or chew a piece of sugar-free gum when you have a craving for something sweet.

Kick the Habit 

Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and is linked to a host of other health issues. Pick a date to give up the habit, get rid of all the tobacco products from your home and solicit the support of your friends and family to help you quit. There will be cravings along the way, so it's important to find a healthy activity to engage in when a craving kicks in. 

Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods

When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet's benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.