Improved Oral Health in 2019

January 10, 2019

Improved Oral Health in 2019

As we welcome 2019 many of us have our New Year resolutions fresh in our minds. Year after year “Health” resolutions are at the top of almost everyone’s list for improvement. Most commonly these goals include losing weight, eating a healthier diet and being more physically active. Putting your health at the top of your list is great, but statistics tell us less than 10% of New Year Resolutions are ever met. Below we are sharing some helpful tips to improve your oral health and ultimately your overall health. Here are some goals you can manage and reach!

We are creatures of habit and in order to make changes we need to modify our patterns. Snacking is one of the first habits to revise. Snacking frequently can raise acidity in the oral cavity which increases your risk for tooth decay. Limiting snacking can be significant in achieving your health goals, but if cutting out snacking is not an option for you, be sure you’re making healthy choices. Preparing a healthy snack at home is a great way to avoid the afternoon urge for the unhealthy indulgence.

Choose one of these healthy options!

Here are some great on the go healthy options!

-Nuts

-Cheese

– Low sugar protein or snack bars

– Carrots & other vegetables

– Pears & Apples

– Plain Yogurt

– Leafy greens (kale, spinach)

 

Another healthy habit is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. When you’re unable to brush after a snack, swishing your mouth with water is helpful.

As a dental office, we have to stress the importance of flossing. Only 4 of 10 Americans floss daily, and 20% never floss! Flossing is an uncomplicated step to add to your daily routine.  A healthy flossing routine only takes a few minutes per night, and can have a monumental impact on oral and overall health. Periodontal disease is a very preventable disease, maintaining your dental wellness visits and good homecare are the best prevention. However you can’t expect to better your oral health without altering your habits. There are some substitutes to floss that can be useful as well; we suggest a conversation with your hygienist regarding these alternatives.

A waterflosser may be an option for you, ask your hygienist!

So this year instead of having a vague goal of being “healthier” look into the habits you can improve, change or quit for your best chance at success. We hope you can implement some of the above suggestions. In addition to these tips we also encourage quitting tobacco use and limiting the amount of sugar in your diet. We are here to help you on a journey to a healthier you! We wish you a healthy and happy 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Entrepreneur:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/306400

Colgate:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/ada-10-survey-finds-shortcomings-in-americans-dental-health-habits

 


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