New Year’s resolutions are not nearly as important as developing new lifestyle habits. One of your first priorities should be your oral health. As the condition of your gums and teeth affects your total overall health, it is not too soon to develop healthier habits.
While poor oral health can contribute to the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and stroke, individuals who have diabetes are already at risk of oral health problems. As only one example, the American Dental Association states that diabetics are at a higher risk of complications after receiving dental implants. If you are diabetic, your bones may not heal properly.
You do not want to increase your risk of developing health problems, or having a current health issue worsen. Some lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your risks.
Home oral care is a commitment you must make every day. As each person has unique needs, you should ask your dentist which products are best for you. Brush and floss your teeth, and clean your gums, at least twice every day.
Oral health and total overall health includes choosing healthy foods. Nutritious food is not only good for your body, but good for your oral health. Plan your diet around nutrition, and your oral health will benefit.
However, when you are making lifestyle changes, it is not enough to take care of your teeth and eat properly. Routine visits to the dentist must be part of your new lifestyle. While regular visits will give your dentist the opportunity to detect problems in their earliest stages, there is no home care that can substitute for professional cleanings. Professional cleanings will remove substances from your teeth that could otherwise result in tooth decay. Bacteria that could harm your overall health can be removed.
As you prepare to start the new year, prepare to make a commitment to your health. Instead of making resolutions that you may forget within a matter of weeks, take out your new year’s calendar and start with a dental appointment. When you include regular visits in your new healthy lifestyle, you can have both oral health and total overall health.
If you require dental implants, or other periodontal treatments, do not hesitate to contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists. Your condition will be evaluated and treated. Follow up visits will ensure the procedure is successful, and reduce your risk of complications.