Many Americans use the new year as a time to set new life goals and pursue self-improvements that may have otherwise fallen by the wayside. As a result, if you're considering making your health and wellness a focal point of the next 12 months, at Upper Eastside Orthodontists, we'd like to encourage you to think about your dental health as well.

After all, good oral hygiene takes only a few minutes a day to observe, but doing so could ensure that you are protected from harmful illnesses and that you are able to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle throughout 2013.

If you're serious about improving yourself, we recommend that you:

Brush twice a day – We've all heard that we should brush our teeth twice a day, but how many of us follow through on this advice? Make this part of your new health routine this year by setting reminders and rewarding yourself once you successfully implement your new regimen.

Give flossing another try – How many times have you been to the dentist, only to hear something like "Looks great, but you should be flossing more?" We bet a lot. As a result, you should think about making 2013 the year you finally start. Whether you use regular floss or the floss picks that have grown in popularity in recent years, you'll find that this can improve your smile and give you more self-confidence.

Pursue extra care – Whether it's resolving to finally visit your dentist, or making a trip to a New York orthodontist to see which braces may be right for you, taking steps to put your teeth first can help you on your way to a new and improved you.

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