New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions each year? How many times have you actually kept one of those resolutions? Most of us don’t last long with resolutions because they tend to involve meeting pretty lofty goals that we have set for ourselves:

  • Work out 5- 6 days per week
  • Quit eating fast food
  • Lose 20 or more pounds

Here is a New Year’s resolution that will improve your overall health, save you money and help improve your appearance:

Brush after every meal, floss once a day and visit the dentist at least twice per year for professional cleanings and checkups.This should be a simple resolution to keep because most of us already do brush at least twice daily. You may ask, how can taking better care of my oral health make me healthier overall and doesn’t visiting the dentist more often actually cost more? No it doesn’t let me explain…Brushing and flossing regularly prevent the bacteria in your mouth from setting up housekeeping in your gums. Once bacteria have found a home in your mouth gum disease is the next step. Studies have shown that oral bacteria travels throughout the body and has been linked to heart disease, stroke and pre-term births. Oral bacteria are also linked to diseases like diabetes. Since gum disease is easily preventable, keeping oral bacteria in check by brushing and flossing should be resolution number one. It should be obvious that preventing gum disease will save you health care dollars but why is the regular visit to the dentist and hygienist so important? Your dental hygienist can point out areas that you may be missing when brushing and flossing at home. The deep cleaning also clears out plaque that you cannot remove at home and a part of your examination includes screening for oral cancers (especially important for smokers and smokeless-tobacco users). Early detection of problems can save lives. Your dental hygienist can also polish away many stains on your teeth that make your smile look dingy and aged. A sparking clean, healthy smile announces to the world that you are vibrant, energetic and youthful no matter what your age!

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