Ringing in the new year with a set of achievable goals is a great way to approach 2019! One of the most common resolutions we make for ourselves is to improve our health.
We promise to start walking the dog more or park further from the grocery store to increase our steps- but what about increasing our oral health?
Good Oral Health Contributes to Good Overall Health
Our oral hygiene is an integral part of our health. Studies reveal that individuals that take less care of their teeth tend to suffer from conditions like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and respiratory infections.
In order to sustain your health, we have come up with a do-able list of steps you can take in 2019 to ensure that your mouth is receiving the right amount of love.
Five Resolutions for a Healthy Smile in 2019
- Commit to 6-Month Cleanings. It is easy to fall out of seeing your dentist twice a year, but it is really important to receive a professional cleaning and regular x-rays! Catching an oral health issue early on is much better than discovering you require an expensive dental service.
- Drink More Water. Hydration is key to your mouth’s success. A lack of h20 can lead to decay and a decrease in saliva! Everyone requires a different amount of water, but a general rule of thumb to follow is to divide your weight by 2 and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, someone who weights 150 pounds would need 75 ounces daily. Learn more about the important role of saliva.
- Start Flossing Daily. It’s tedious, we know; but once you make this a habit—you’re set! Don’t be like 60% of Americans, choosing to floss can extend the health of your teeth and serves as a precautionary measure for future illness.
- Quit Smoking. You’ve probably heard, smoking increases your risk of gum disease and mouth cancer- not to mention, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco stain your teeth, cause plaque buildup, and make your breath stinky!
- Whiten Your Smile. We want you to feel confident when you smile! If you are struggling with discoloration and the over the counter whitening treatments aren’t cutting it, it may be time to call upon a professional!