One of the most common new year’s resolutions is to get healthy. As we move into 2019, many of us will be looking for ways to improve our physical health.
Most often, getting healthy calls to mind diet and exercise, and while these are major components, they are only a piece of the puzzle that is good health.
It’s time that oral health gets the same attention!
Good Oral Health Contributes to Good Overall Health
Maintaining good oral health is crucial to keeping your pearly whites bright and healthy, but did you know that slacking on your oral health can lead to issues with other parts of your body?
Poor oral health has been correlated to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and respiratory infections.
Five Resolutions for a Healthy Smile in 2019
- Start Flossing Every Day. It may be difficult to get in the habit of flossing when you’re used to skipping it, but once you get into a groove, it’s hard to skip this step! If you’re one of the 6 out of 10 Americans who does not floss daily, now is a great time to start.
- Commit to 6-Month Cleanings. Too many of our patients fall into the habit of skipping their dental appointments, but it’s so important to see your dentist every 6 months! Think about it. Would you rather skip your X-rays and cleanings, risking your oral health so you need root canals and fillings OR power through your regular check-ups so you can catch problems before they become more serious?
- Drink More Water. Staying hydrated is important for keeping your saliva healthy so it can rinse your teeth between brushings. You may need more or less water depending on how often you sweat, but a general rule of thumb is to divide your weight by 2 and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds would need 75 ounces. Learn more about the important role of saliva.
- Quit Smoking. Whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, or use chewing tobacco, you are doing serious damage to your teeth and upping your risk of mouth cancer. Smoking also increases your risk of gum disease, causes buildup of plaque, yellows your teeth, and makes your breath smell stale.
- Whiten Your Smile. While yellow teeth are only a cosmetic problem, having a whiter smile can put a spring in your step and give you more confidence. Instead of running out to the drugstore to test the latest miracle product, why not enlist the help of a professional?