16 Jan New You In The New Year
As we dive into 2020, most of us are starting to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. A good number of us are focusing our goals this year on trying to be happier and healthier. Have you considered your oral health to be an important part of that goal?
Floss and Brush for 2 Minutes, Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once a day is instrumental in keeping yourself healthy. This protects your teeth from decay and gum disease. Only flossing can remove the plaque that builds between teeth and below the gum line. Diseases of the mouth can affect the rest of your body; i.e. gum disease can be linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even premature births.
Drink More Water
We have all heard that we should drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day. It is common knowledge that it aids in weight loss, helps prevent kidney damage and delivers oxygen throughout the body. People tend to forget that it has benefits for your oral health as well. Drinking water, especially with fluoride, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to prevent cavities as it washes away left over food and residue that cause decay. It also dilutes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth that wears away enamel which can lead to decay.
Conquer Your Dental Anxiety
Seventy-five percent of adults in the United States are estimated to suffer from some form of dental anxiety. In some cases, this means that people are not visiting their dental office twice a year as recommended. We suggest twice a year because it allows the dentist to monitor oral health, which can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Take the first step and make an appointment for a cleaning. This will be a great introduction to the team at our office and we are excited to help you achieve better oral health!
Smiling at another person releases endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain. This can lead to an increase in your own self-esteem as well as helping others feel better about themselves. By smiling at others, you will ignite a positive environment. Which in turn, will make you want to take better care of yourself and will help you to focus on your smile. By focusing on your smile, it will be easier to follow each and every one of these steps to achieve greater oral health in 2020!