As the new year is about to arrive, we start thinking about taking care of ourselves. This may include taking care of health, changing diet, exercising, adding new hobbies, new routines, etc. There is one major health component least cared about that is dental health.
If you think of prioritizing health this New Year, you can add these few simple steps to improve your dental health:
Consuming more fruits and vegetables is not just beneficial for the health of your body but also adds lots of benefits to your dental health. If your diet lacks nutrition, then you are at risk of many oral disorders, such as tooth decay, gum disease, etc. The antioxidants and other nutrients present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc., protect your body against bacteria and inflammation, also improving the health of your teeth and gums. The vegetables and fruits, like apples, carrots, and celery, can even act as natural toothbrushes giving you clean teeth and fresh breath.
You don't have to be educated on how harmful tobacco is because almost everyone already knows how it can affect the body and mouth. The dental health risks smoking portrays are tooth discoloration, tooth loss, cavities, receding gums, periodontal disease, and oral cancer.
Just like tobacco, the habit of drinking alcohol consumption can be a threat to your overall health as well as oral health. A study conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry has proven that heavy drinkers usually are at high risk of gum recession. This may result in tooth loss.
The accumulation of plaque (bacteria build-up) and tartar (hardening of plaque) over time may cause tooth decay and gum disease. So it is necessary to brush twice and floss at least once a day. Flossing is an important step after brushing as it can remove help plaque stuck between teeth and below the gum line where decay or gum disease are most likely to form.
If you haven't seen your dentist yet, this is the perfect time to schedule your dental visit. Make sure to go to your dentist at least twice a year to keep dental problems away.
Following these simple tips can give you a new smile and a new self!
Get in touch with Stonewall Dental Associates to learn more about the simple tips to take care of your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 368-1000 or visit our office at 8719 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.