Every year when the calendar turns to December, millions of Americans write out their resolutions for the upcoming new year. Come January, many are excited to have a fresh start to improve themselves and remove bad habits. Some of the most common resolutions each year are to eat healthier, exercise and read more books; but the one that’s missing from that list could be the most important of all—improving your oral health.
Oral health doesn’t just involve your teeth and gums; it has an impact on the health of your entire body. The same bacteria that can cause infection in your mouth are capable of spreading to other organs through the bloodstream. Just as they can cause harm in your mouth, this bacteria can have a negative effect on your heart, brain and other areas.
One of the first and easiest steps you can take is to commit to brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing after one of those times. A good daily dental hygiene routine at home can not only save you the cost of restorative dental procedures, it could even save your teeth!
In addition to regular home care, regular dental check ups that include professional cleanings are important too. A professional cleaning removes tartar build up that cannot be taken care of at home, and regular check ups can catch the early stages of both periodontal disease and oral cancers.
Have we convinced you yet? Reading more books is great, but not as great as a healthy smile that you are proud to show off. For 2015, we encourage you to resolve to take better care of your oral health, and we are more than happy to help you keep that resolution. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about the current status of your oral health and how we can help you improve it.