It might not feel quite like winter yet, but it’s flu season, and you can do your overall and oral health a huge favor by boosting your immune system to help avoid sickness. By changing and improving some of your daily habits, you can stay healthy and have more reasons to smile year-round.
Be more social
Studies indicate that the less human connections you have at in the community, at work and home, the higher the probability that you’ll get sick. Being less social can raise anxiety levels and shorten life spans. If you avoid social situations or interaction because you’re ashamed of your smile, it’s time to visit the dentist and learn the treatment options available to restore your smile. People who have at least six good social connections are four times better at fighting off the germs that cause colds than people with less social connections. Even if you have a busy schedule, work in time for brief chats, texts or emails with coworkers and friends.
Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep has a negative impact on your overall and oral health as it can weaken your immune system. Without sufficient sleep, your body can’t produce enough of the helpful blood cells that fight off germs. Adults require 7-9 hours of sleep nightly, and if you’re feeling tired during the day, you may not be getting enough sleep. If you wake up with headaches and jaw pain, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night, and you need to contact your dental professional for a solution that can improve your sleep and protect your teeth.
Look on the bright side
Being pessimistic can shorten your life span, but when you look on the bright side as an optimist, you can lower stress levels and reduce stress-related damage to your immune system. Studies show that optimists tend to take better care of their health by exercising and eating better, which can help your teeth and gums. If you’re not usually an optimist, start small by looking for some reason to feel lucky every day.
When you’re living with chronic stress every day, it can have a negative impact on your health and immunity. Chronic stress creates a measurable reduction in your immune system’s ability to fight off disease. There are numerous options for stress relievers, and you need to find one that works for you weather it’s walking, yoga, baking, writing, reading or anything else that you enjoy. Something that helps you unwind can reduce stress and help prevent problems associated with stress such as teeth clenching and grinding that can damage teeth and cause jaw pain.
Have more fun
Laughing and smiling decreases stress hormones, can increase certain types of immune cells and give other immune cells a boost. Watching funny movies and joking with family, friends and coworkers are great ways to get you smiling and laughing. When you’re confident in your smile, you don’t feel the need to cover your mouth when you laugh, and you’re more willing to open up. Enjoy laughter, life and health with a great smile.
Experience all the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile by contacting Chianese Dental today to set up an appointment.