It's 2012! A New Year, a New you. You may have already made a few resolutions for the year 2012. Most all of us think about losing weight, exercising more, saving money or stopping a bad habit...like smoking. This year, why not make one of your resolutions to improve your dental health? Below find a list of strategies that will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year.
EAT PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Eating well is important for your dental health as well as your whole immune system. Antioxidents and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and nuts improve your body's ability to fight bacteria and inflammation which will protect your teeth and gums. Crisp vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help to clean plaque from the teeth and freshen your breath.
QUIT SMOKING OR USING OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS
The use of tobacco puts you at risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession and disease, and throat or lung cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. The good news is that after you stop smoking your risk of tooth loss will decrease.
LIMIT ALCOHOL INTAKE
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, excessive alcohol intake has the same ill effects as smoking on your gum health. Studies show that those who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth or be concerned about their basic health.
BRUSH AND FLOSS
The rule of thumb is: Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. Brushing removes plaque, the sticky, colorless film that builds up on your teeth every day. Flossing removes that very same film from hard to reach areas between the teeth. Without proper brushing and flossing you can develop gum disease that can affect the rest of the body, so these habits are essential to good overall health.
VISIT YOUR DENTIST FOR REGULAR CHECK-UPS
Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and catch minor problems before they become major problems.
For this New Year, resolve to treat your mouth right with better health and hygiene habits. Your teeth and you body will THANK YOU!