New Years is often a time when many of us decide to make a fresh start for the betterment of our health and ourselves. We make all kinds of resolutions to eat better, get more exercise and sleep, lose weight, and live a healthier lifestyle. With the holidays behind us, along with all of the holiday foods that temp us, we head off on the right foot for at least the month of January. However, most of us tend to fall back into our old ways before spring, and then start all over again the next year with the same resolutions.
With the New Year ahead, the one resolution dentists would love to hear from their patients is the resolution to take better care of their oral health. What you might not know is that along with diet and exercise, staying healthy also requires keeping up with your mouth’s health because your mouth is actually an indicator to your body’s overall health.
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, studies have shown that there is a direct link to inflammation in your mouth and inflammation in your body. In fact, your oral health could indicate other problems located elsewhere within your body including your brain, heart, pancreas, and if you are a woman, even your reproductive tract.
The state of your oral health can affect, may be affected by, or can even contribute to various other heath issues. Some of these include: diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, immune disorders, hormone imbalances, Alzheimer’s disease, and Osteoporosis. Because these issues present themselves in the gums, teeth, and tongue, your dentist can see the early signs of them just by examining your teeth, and once spotted, can direct you to see your primary care provider.
Additional issues your dentist can see include: signs of HIV/AIDS, drug use such as methamphetamine addictions, and eating disorders. All of which are life threatening if not treated quickly and properly.
Make it your New Year’s resolution to maintain good oral health by brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and visiting your dentist twice in the year 2012. If you do not have a dentist, or are just not sure where to go, call or schedule an appointment online with Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. Dan Matthews. He and his highly trained staff can get you back on track to a more healthy lifestyle this year. Don’t delay! It’s the best thing you can do for your body!