Lose weight. Eat healthier. Manage your money better. Spend more time with family, on education, reading… Spend less time in front of the television, computer, smart phone. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, I’m sure you have the best of intentions to make it happen. Truth is, only 30% of women will keep their resolution past 30 days, and most guys won’t last two days. But what if you make a resolution for self improvement, and you don’t have to work at it diligently to make it happen?
Let’s think for a moment about your mouth.
- The health of your mouth is closely linked to your overall health. Gum disease is linked to higher risk for heart disease, stroke, respiratory conditions, diabetes complications, low birth weight, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and the list goes on and on.
- Your smile is one of the first things people notice about your appearance. Eyes and smiles, according to polls, top all other physical characteristics when it comes to making a first impression.
- If you take care of your teeth, gums, and mouth, you might enjoy your natural teeth for life. This is the case more today than ever in history.
- Your mouth endures about 600 different types of bacteria, crushing pressure, and extreme temperature fluctuations every day. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body. Your oral structures and their alignment can affect diet, physical comfort, and even the quality of your sleep.
In light of these facts, I want you to consider making a New Year’s resolution to take good care of your oral health. You probably brush – and maybe floss – every day. Do you come in for checkups and cleanings every six months, no matter what? Is there restorative work you know that you need, but you’ve postponed it? Do you wish your smile were whiter or more attractive?
I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I’d be happy to sit down and discuss your oral health goals, as well as whether you’d like to improve the appearance of your smile. Call 248-693-6213 today to schedule an appointment. I’ll help you make a New Year’s resolution that you can keep!