Many resolutions are made upon the coming of the New Year. Each year, many individuals seek to improve an area of their lifestyle, whether it be losing weight or starting a new hobby. Resolving to take better care of your teeth and dental health is an important one to make! Follow the tips below to start taking better care of your teeth this New Year.
Overall Dental Health
Dental health affects your teeth, gums, and mouth, and also affects overall health and immune system strength. Keys to great dental health include scheduling dental appointments every year, flossing, cutting down on sugar, quitting smoking, and eating healthier. Just a few simple changes to your routine, and your teeth will be healthy all year!
Here at Paramount, we encourage our patients to call or visit our website to quickly and easily schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals. Schedule your annual exam and view our additional services.
Annual Check-Up With Your Dentist
The American Dental Association (ADA) determines that about one-third of people in the U.S. don’t see their dentist each year. Even if your teeth and mouth feel fine, it is still important to visit your dentist. It is especially important to make an appointment with a dental professional if you experience an increase in teeth sensitivity or experience bleeding gums.
Here at Paramount Dental, our team of dental professionals offer the very best teeth cleaning techniques for toddlers, teens, and adults alike! Schedule an appointment for your annual dental checkup today as a step to improving your dental health in 2015.
The Importance of Flossing
Keeping your teeth clean and maintaining healthy gums plays a big role in your overall physical health. In addition to regular brushing, flossing your teeth as a part of your daily routine is of extreme importance to your dental health. The Academy of General Dentistry says, “only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth and below the gum line”, which is exactly where tooth decay and gum disease most often start to occur.
Flossing at least once a day, or ideally after every meal, is an easy habit to get into. Plus, without adequate flossing, plaque builds up between teeth. Allowing that plaque to develop, by not regularly flossing, has been linked to tooth decay, gum and periodontal disease, and these conditions have been linked to things as serious as heart disease! We can’t stress enough the importance of dental health for overall health.
Quitting Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products
Smoking cigarettes and using tobacco is harmful to your oral health. People that use tobacco experience tooth discoloration, increased cavities, gum recession, gum disease, and the use of these products have shown a link to throat, lung, and oral cancers.
People who use tobacco products on a regular basis are up to twice as likely to lose permanent teeth as non-smokers. Smokeless tobacco users are especially likely to lose teeth, but it is common for all users. What amazes dental professionals, however, is that once patients quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco, they experience a drastic decrease in the possibility for tooth loss. Quitting reverses mouth damage and oral health rapidly.
Eating Healthy Foods for Oral Care
Diet is an important part of dental health. Not eating properly can affect your immune system, which leaves your body and mouth more susceptible to things like gum disease, periodontal disease, bacterial infections, and inflammation of the gums.
Fruits & Vegetables for Dental Health
Fruits and vegetables – as well as legumes and nuts – contain antioxidants and nutrients that help your body fight bacteria and inflammation. Eating things like leafy greens, citrus, crisp fruits, and raw vegetables improve your ability to fight sickness and oral disorders, and clean plaque from your teeth. Not to mention a positive effect on overall health, a healthy diet, and fresh breath!
Sugar’s Effect on the Teeth
Decreasing your sugar intake is a huge overall health benefit. You may lose weight, experience an increase in energy, but also make a great improvement to your dental health. Sugar causes tooth decay. Oral bacteria breaks down sugar in the mouth, creating acid. This acid not only eats away at your teeth, but can also cause cavities. Eliminating sugary snacks from your diet will make a difference on your waistline and your smile!
Make the resolution to better your dental health for the year 2015! Paramount Dental would be honored to provide services and recommendations to help you meet your goal. We also provide specialty treatments and services such as periodontic services, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and so much more. You can quickly and easily request an appointment online, or by phone or email.