New You for a New Year – Oral Health

January 1, 2015

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2015 – The year to take charge of your oral and overall health!

With each New Year many Americans set goals for a healthier lifestyle. Why not add better oral health to your list for 2015?

Going to the dentist and getting a check-up is probably not top of anyone’s list of resolutions, but don’t discount that for keeping you healthy. Did you know taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits could help hold heart disease at bay? Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have shown for the first time that as gum health improves, progression of heart disease slows to a clinically significant degree. Findings appear online in the Journal of the American Heart Association. http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/news/brushing-your-teeth-could-prevent-heart-disease

Here are a few strategies to help keep those resolutions for a healthier you:

  1. Brushing and FlossingThis is the first and easiest step to good oral health. Twice a day brushing for two minutes and daily flossing can put you on the right track for a healthy smile. The Text2Floss app can provide you with daily reminders to develop a good routine.
  1. A Workout for Your TeethHealthy food choices including fruits and vegetables are important for good oral health. Poor nutrition affects the entire body and increases your susceptibility to gum disease and other oral complications. Antioxidants and nutrients found in quality foods help your immune system battle bacteria and protect your teeth and gums. Making healthy food choices is only a click away.
  1. Free From TobaccoTobacco use has harmful effects on the oral cavity and overall health. Risks associated with tobacco include development of discolored teeth, plaque buildup and oral cancer. Caner in the mouth is one of the hardest to treat. Smokeless tobacco is just as harmful as smoking.

    Tips to Quit Smoking

    Oral Health America had great tips for how to quit using smokeless tobacco .

  1. Stick With Being FitFrequent exercise improves overall health and state of mind as well as lowers your risk for chronic diseases. Start with incorporating small physical activities in your weekly routine. Match your abilities with things you enjoy and you will have fun staying fit. The National Institute on Aging provides several resources to help develop a fitness routine that will work for you. Check out their Go4Life to find something that works for you.
  1. Visit Your DentistImproving oral health is just one more way to become a better you. Call your dental office today to schedule a visit. Ask your dental provider how healthy your gums are and what you can do to keep them that way.

Resolve to start 2015 off with a healthy SMILE!

 


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