As the clock ticks down – 5,4,3,2,1 – the energy in the room rises to a fevered crescendo as the new year rolls in. You bellow sounds from your noise-maker, take a sip of a beverage, and then still away to a somewhat quiet area. And in this brief moment, you contemplate what you want your new year to represent. You think about becoming a more disciplined person in your eating, spending and exercising. But, your dentist in North Dallas has an important bullet to add to your list. He says commit to your oral health in the new year and you’ll see how it positively impacts your life.
What Makes Oral Health So Important?
Oral health is so important because it affects your quality of life tremendously. More specifically, it has an impact on your self-esteem and functionality. Here are some of the ways it wields its influence:
- Function – By maintaining optimum oral health, you better ensure your ability to secure the proper function of your mouth, teeth and gums for years to come. For example, by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, you remove harmful plaque and bacteria that can cause gum disease. Gum disease untreated can then lead to a recessive gum line, which can create an unstable root structure for your teeth. This can then lead to tooth loss. And when teeth are missing, you lose functionality.
- Appearance – Tooth loss resulting from poor oral health has a negative effect on your appearance. It also inhibits your willingness to smile, because you don’t want to reveal the fact that you have missing teeth. Furthermore, studies show that 45% of people feel that those with perfect smiles have a better chance of getting a job than those with flaws. So, improving your smile could enhance your career.
- Psychological Impact – Another study shows that 57% of Americans would rather have a desirable smile than clear skin. Furthermore, 87% would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life. Thus, we see an obvious correlation between aesthetic improvements and one’s state of mind. Make the choice to feel good about yourself in the new year.
Tips for Better Oral Care
Here are some practices to maintain in the new year that will contribute to your improved oral health:
- Monitor What You Eat – Set a goal for yourself in the new year to make healthier food choices. This will starve harmful bacteria of some of the ingredients they flourish on, one in particular being sugar. By limiting how much you consume, you are helping to create a much healthier environment in your mouth.
- Brushing and Flossing – Together, these two practices form the bedrock of your oral health. Brushing agitates and removes food particles and bacteria from your teeth. Flossing allows you to get into the places that you can’t reach with your toothbrush, evicting the remaining harmful agents of oral malady.
- Visit Your Dentist – Your dentist is your best ally in the fight for oral health, so utilize him. Make sure to get in for a visit at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. And don’t worry about feeling embarrassed if you’ve slacked in the previous year with your oral care. You are taking a major step in fortifying your mouth, teeth and gums for the future. That’s what matters the most.
Take the excitement that you naturally feel at the start of a new year and use it to your benefit. Capitalize on this opportunity to make a major improvement in your life, and get ready to pat yourself on the back at the end of the year because you made the right choices.
About the Author
Dr. John A. Grinaldi received his BS degree from Bowling Green University and then went on to earn his DDS from Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. He practices at John Grinaldi, DDS, FAGD and can be reached for more information through his website.