At this time of year, everyone is focused on getting a fresh start. Resolutions to become the best, healthiest version of yourself abound.
However, around 80% of people abandon their New Year Resolutions by the end of January. Why not set a goal you can achieve and schedule your next dental check-up and cleaning now?
A quick win will give your motivation a boost, and dental check-ups are essential to your oral and overall health.
The power of small wins
When planning for the future and setting goals, the big ones can seem unachievable. However, breaking big goals into smaller, manageable targets not only helps you make small and sustainable changes but also gives you positive feelings of achievement. The more small adjustments you make, the better and more confident you feel about your ability to change overall, which boosts your motivation to keep working toward your goals.
Why dental exams are important
Many dental problems, like cavities and gum disease, don’t cause noticeable symptoms in their early stages. A dental exam, including X-rays, allows Dr. Pandich to identify and treat issues before you experience any pain or other problems.
Regular professional dental cleanings not only remove plaque and prevent the build-up of tartar that leads to tooth decay and gum disease but also manages the volume of bacteria that live in your mouth.
Let’s talk about the connection between oral and overall health.
Some statistics indicate a link between your oral and overall health. For example, periodontitis, or gum disease, causes chronic inflammation. There is some evidence that this inflammation contributes to the development of cardiovascular problems like arterial blockages, heart disease, and stroke.
Many people with diabetes also have gum disease. The nature of this relationship is cyclic. Periodontal disease can be painful and lead to tooth loss, both of which can lead to unhealthy dietary choices, including soft, sugary foods that don’t hurt your teeth or gums. At the same time, diabetes causes nerve and blood vessel damage, which can make it more difficult for your teeth and the soft tissue in your mouth to receive the oxygen and nutrients they require to stay healthy.
One more simple resolution
Another easy win resolution is to commit to taking care of your teeth at home. It only takes a few minutes a day to clean your teeth correctly.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
That’s it for at-home dental care. In approximately 7 minutes out of your day, you can make a huge difference to your oral and overall health.
So make that small step toward a healthier 2021 today. Give us a call or make an appointment online for your next dental exam and cleaning. Our office is adhering to the recommended hygiene practices to protect you and our staff from COVID-19. You can read more about what we’re doing to keep you safe here.