There is no better time than the new year to refocus your goals and improve your health. For most Americans that means a new gym membership and counting calories, but I want something more than weight loss and muscle gain for you; I want you to focus on whole health, including your dental health. How can you recommit yourself to dental health? Keep reading to find out more.
Dental health often takes a back seat to overall health, which is surprising since the two are consistently linked. Making just a few simple changes can keep your teeth and your body healthy.
- Brush and floss — EVERY DAY! It’s so easy to skip out on flossing when you’re dead tired from the day. To avoid this, set an alarm to remind yourself it’s time to take care of your teeth. This will help you stick to a routine, and as an added bonus, it may prevent you from snacking right before bedtime.
- Don’t skip out on dental appointments! Life moves fast, so it’s understandable when people forget to make time for the dentist. This is a HUGE mistake. Semi-annual appointments at my office not only keep your teeth and gums clean, they let us look for signs of gum disease and oral cancers. Schedule both of your appointments now so that they’re officially on your calendar.
- Eat healthy foods! Not only do healthy foods help you maintain your weight and avoid diet-related health problems, they also help keep your teeth healthy. Foods that are high in sugar and high in carbohydrates (which turn to sugars) can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of eating sweets and processed foods, stick to whole foods that are found along the perimeter of your grocery store.
None of these suggestions are unreasonable. With just three simple steps, you can recommit yourself to both dental and overall health.
I can’t wait to see you for your appointments!