When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, you may consider improving your physical health by joining a gym, but what about your oral health? Most people probably don’t, and that’s unwise because there’s plenty of evidence that proves that your oral health has a big impact on your overall health. Including healthy teeth and gums in your New Year’s resolutions can help improve your overall health, as you’re more willing to smile and boost those beneficial endorphins.
Along with visiting the dentist, at least, every six months, brushing and flossing daily and never using your teeth as tools to open packages, you can make additional oral health resolutions to improve and protect your amazing smile.
Change toothbrush regularly
You know that you should never share your toothbrush with anyone to prevent spreading germs and that it requires replacement after being sick, but you also need to change it after three months of use. Although the toothbrush may still look fine, the bristles weaken and become less effective at cleaning your teeth.
When you hit the gym or go for a run, it’s tempting to gulp down a sports drink afterward, but such drinks can do more harm than good as they’re full of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. The best way to rehydrate after exercise is by drinking water unless you’re an athlete who needs to replace electrolytes lost during strenuous training.
Avoid excessive fluoride
Fluoridated toothpaste, water, and dental treatments can benefit teeth, but too much fluoride isn’t good, especially for young children. It’s a good idea to rinse and spit after you brush your teeth to prevent too much from fluoride resting on your teeth.
Stop tobacco use
It’s common knowledge that smoking cigarettes have links to lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease and other health conditions, but you may not realize that using tobacco can lead to mouth and throat cancer. Smokeless tobacco is just as dangerous as cigarettes and tobacco users are move likely to lose their teeth than non-smokers. Tobacco use also causes an unpleasant mouth odor that’s difficult to cover.
Eat healthy food
When you don’t eat well, it affects your overall and dental health and can increase the chances of issues such as gum disease. By eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes, you give your body the nutrients and antioxidants it needs to fight bacteria and inflammation, which helps protect your teeth and gums and improve your health. You can also help clean the plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath by eating raw vegetables and crisp fruits including apples and carrots.
By adding the above resolutions to your existing list for the New Year, you’ll be off to a great start and can smile confidently for a lifetime. Contact Chianese Dental to learn more ways to improve and protect your smile.