The new year is a great time to do something different. After all, they wouldn’t be called resolutions if people didn’t want to make changes, right? While everyone else is pumping iron at the gym or scribbling in their “How to Get Organized” journals, you can start the year off with a healthier smile. In fact, one of your new year’s health resolutions can be to enhance your teeth and gums and, in effect, improve the health of your body, too! Before you get started, take some time to learn just how connected your mouth and body truly are and what you can do to achieve optimal oral health in 2020.
The Connection Between the Mouth and Body
If you’re wondering why it seems that every time you develop a problem in your mouth, another issue develops somewhere in your body, it is because there is a close connection between the two. Think about it this way…everything you eat, drink, and consume must pass through your oral cavity before reaching your throat and entering into your stomach. That means, your teeth, gums, and other soft tissues come into contact with anything you put into your mouth.
As a result, if tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or another dental problem occur, it is likely you will begin to notice issues developing throughout your body as well.
For example, gum disease has been linked to numerous health-related diseases and conditions. As plaque and tartar spread beneath the gum line, inflammation and infection can cause bone and tooth loss, and if it enters your bloodstream, you can develop:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory disease
- Cardiovascular disease
How to Maintain Optimal Oral Health in 2020
To prevent any of the above-mentioned health problems from occurring, there are several things you can do to ensure your mouth and body stay decay and disease-free. Some of these tips include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two full minutes
- Using fluoride toothpaste to protect against tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel
- Flossing between your teeth at least once a day
- Keeping your regularly scheduled, six-month dental checkups and cleanings
- Limiting the amount of sugar and starch you consume, as both can cause a build-up of bacteria and cause tooth decay
- Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your salivary glands working
- Avoiding smoking or tobacco usage
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
Let your new year’s oral health be at the top of your resolution list. With a healthy mouth comes improved well-being, both of which will set you up for a happy, successful, and unforgettable year.
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Thomas completed his bachelor’s degree in Russian from Brigham Young University before going on to graduate from New York University School of Dentistry in 2005. Moving to Texas, he obtained his state license to practice dentistry in 2013 and is proud to have opened Highland Village Family Dentistry to provide high-quality care to families in North Texas. Offering comprehensive services, he and his team are equipped and ready to handle all types of dental needs. To learn more about us, visit our website or call (469) 444-6500.