Healthy Smiles

It’s already half way through February 2016!! How are the New Year’s resolutions holding up? Are you trying to save money, lose weight or improve your health?

Many people set new goals about healthier living in the New Year, but what about improving your dental health?

Healthy resolutions can help to keep your teeth healthy; consider some of the following simple ways to give you a brighter healthier smile.

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

Tobacco is not only harmful to your general health but it can harm your dental health in several ways. It increases rick of tooth discolouration, cavities, gum disease and gum recession, mouth, throat and lung cancer.

A recent report states that smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as non smokers. Smokeless tobacco can be just as bad for your oral health. Quitting smoking and using tobacco products can lessen the risk of tooth loss.

Reduce and Limit Your Alcohol Intake

You already know that excessive alcohol intake has an effect on your general health, but were you aware that it can also affect your oral health?

Studies show that smokers who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth on a regular basis and are less concerned about their basic health than non-smokers. So it’s a double win if you have cut back on both alcohol and tobacco.

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Eating well is important for your entire body health. Poor nutrition affects your entire immune system; this can lead to many common oral disorders, including gum disease. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables and nuts can improve your body’s ability to fight off bacteria and inflammation; this will help to protect your teeth and gums.

Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day

Brushing and flossing is the main way you can protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which are caused by your teeth’s arch enemy, plaque.

Plaque is a sticky, milky coloured film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Without effective brushing and flossing on a daily basis, you can develop bleeding gums, this may worsen to severely red, swollen, bleeding gums and, which if not controlled can escalate to gum disease.

Visit Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

Making regular visits to your dentist as recommended is vital to your oral health. By seeing your dentist regularly, they can monitor your oral health and can help you to prevent any dental health problems before they become painful and potentially damaging or require more costly or extensive treatment. They can also advise on any improvements or amendments you can make to your daily regime, to improve and maintain your oral health.

We all know how easy it is to let your new year’s resolutions slip. Just remember the rewards are worth it – Your body and your teeth will benefit greatly!

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Emma BiddlestoneHealth, Smiles, Teeth