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The start of a new year is a great time to make plans to improve your mind and body. Most of the time, people promise to get in shape, eat better, save money, cross something off their bucket list, or do something else vague. But if one of your resolutions is to have a healthy smile, then you can check off at least three of the other four!
The way you take care of your teeth has a direct effect on your overall health, especially if you have heart disease or diabetes. Taking care of your smile will help your overall health, which can help you get in better shape. Not to mention how much money you’ll save if you don’t have to pay to fix your teeth!
Here are some things you can do this year to improve your smile.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Angle your toothbrush 45 degrees toward your gum line and brush your teeth in a circular motion for two minutes, twice a day.
When you floss, which you should do at least once a day, make a C shape with the floss along the crown of each tooth. Place the floss at the top of each tooth as far as it will go until it meets resistance. Be careful not to hurt the gums, but start far enough up to make sure of a thorough cleaning. Use a see-saw motion to bring the floss down along the crown, curving with the tooth.
If you take care of your teeth at home, you can avoid tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, and infections. Remember that diseases that start in your mouth can spread to other parts of your body, so take care of your teeth if you want to be healthy all over.
Other than brushing and flossing, this is a great goal for your overall health and your oral health. Smoking not only changes the color of your teeth, but it also makes you more likely to get cancer of the mouth, throat, and lungs, as well as tooth decay, receding gums, and gum disease. Smoking and using tobacco products also slow down the flow of blood, which makes it take longer for injuries or infections to heal. People who smoke are also twice as likely to lose teeth as people who don’t smoke.
Here are a few more reasons why it’s good for you to quit. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and other tobacco products can cause:
I think we all know that fruits and vegetables are good for you overall because they have vitamins and minerals. Your whole immune system is affected by how well you eat, which makes you more likely to get periodontal disease and other oral diseases.
Eating a lot of healthy food helps your immune system and makes your body less inflamed. Also, eating fruits and vegetables with a lot of fibre, like apples, celery, and other similar foods, helps remove plaque from your teeth as you eat them.
Trying to drink less? Studies have shown that people who drink have a six times higher chance of getting oral cancer than people who don’t drink.
Alcohol can also dry out your mouth because it makes you salivate less and makes your mouth more acidic, which can soften your enamel. When you combine the softened enamel and the high amount of sugar in alcohol, you get tooth decay, damage to the enamel, gum disease, and tooth loss.
By drinking less alcohol, you are taking steps to prevent tooth decay, root canals, tissue grafts, and maybe even tooth loss.
Now, for those of you who want to get in shape for the new year, we all know that getting stronger, leaner, and more cardiovascularly fit can improve your quality of life and make you live longer. But did you know that people who worked out moderately less than three times a week had a 33% lower risk of periodontitis over a 10-year period than people who didn’t?
If you really work out hard at least three times a week, you can cut your chances of getting periodontitis by a lot over a 10-year period. Just make sure you’re not drinking too many sugary sports drinks or energy drinks if you’re going to start working out. The sugar in the drinks and the fact that people keep drinking them over long periods of time can make a good environment for bacteria.
The best thing you can do for your teeth and gums (and the rest of your body) is to drink water while you work out.
Talk to your dentist about what kind of care plan you should follow (every 3, 4, or 6-month cleanings). At least twice a year, you should have your teeth cleaned and checked by your dentist.
Care for yourself in a way that stops problems before they start. If you catch a cavity when it’s small, you can stop it from getting so big that you need a root canal.
Keep your teeth clean to stop bacteria from building up and gum disease from getting worse. This will keep you from having to do a deep cleaning. Keep your teeth clean and let your dentist check on your overall dental health so that any problems can be fixed before they happen.
So here’s to a happy and healthy smile in the new year! If you do one or all of these things, you will notice a change in the coming year. Contact Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre today to make an appointment and start the year off right.
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