The New Year/New You epidemic has millions of Americans more determined than ever to focus on changing their lives for the better. While over 40% of Americans make annual resolutions, only 8% actually reach any of their goals. Self-improvement goals hold a firm second place right after weight loss for chosen life changes, but so many people lose steam or give up altogether on their resolutions by March. However, some of the easiest changes can occur by simply improving dental hygiene. According to research, 42% of Americans would change or improve their smile if given the opportunity. It’s easier than ever to do so by incorporating some effective New Year’s dental resolutions.
Nix the Vices
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start a new health campaign and finally kick those vices to the curb. Smoking is still the largest preventable source of disease and death in the US, causing almost half a million deaths annually. Many issues can be discovered right in the mouth. In fact, smoking can lead to staining, gum disease, loss of teeth, and even oral cancer. Other common vices such as excess alcohol intake, sugared beverages, and processed food intake can also lead to serious dental and overall health issues. Break the habits and see how your life improves.
Adjust Your Diet
Your body and mind need certain foods to maintain proper health, and that begins right in the mouth. Good dental health habits can be optimized by eating properly, and there’s a simple trick to that: just opt for more produce over processed foods. The contents within your favorite cans, cartons, and bags may tantalize the taste buds, but they’re also usually loaded with sugar, chemicals, and acids that break down the teeth and encourage bacteria growth. Hard and juicy fruits and vegetable, on the other hand, provide proper nutrition and energy while rinsing away extra food and mouth pests, thus thwarting decay between dental visits.
Harness Those Home Habits
Approximately 30% of Americans don’t brush their teeth twice a day as suggested by the American Dental Association. Yet that’s not always enough since brushing doesn’t remove the food and bacteria lurking in the crevices. Flossing is essential, but 40% of those who do brush twice a day forget that part. Incorporate brushing twice a day and flossing once to keep the nasties at bay between dental visits. Maintain good dental health habits and your body and dentist will thank you.
Commit to Your Dental Health… And Your Dentist
You can limit or ban all vices, improve your diet, and become a dental hygiene warrior… and develop serious oral health issues, anyway. Over half of all Americans suffer from periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease that links to multiple bodily diseases. Daily brushing and flossing can help reverse early forms such as gingivitis. But advanced gum disease requires professional care and assistance. Your dentist can also eliminate excess bacteria, recognize early signs of multiple health issues, offer cosmetic or restoration options for a beautiful smile, and help you establish maintainable dental hygiene habits to avoid trouble down the road. What an easy way to start the New Year off with a healthy bang!