New Year's Resolutions You Can Smile About

Thursday, December 30th, 2010, 3:46 pm

Every year people resolve to make big changes in their life starting January 1st.  Most of us don’t last long with those resolutions because they tend to involve meeting pretty big goals that we have set for ourselves:

  • Lose 20 pounds
  • Work out 5 days per week
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn to love my in-laws

How about making a New Year’s resolution that will improve your overall health (including your heart health), save you money in the long run and can help improve your appearance?  What would this magical resolution be?

Brush after every meal, floss once a day and visit the dentist at least twice per year for professional cleanings and checkups.

This should be a simple resolution to keep because most people already adhere to parts of it, usually the tooth brushing part.   But how can taking better care of your oral health make you healthier overall and won’t visiting the dentist actually cost more money?  Let me explain…

Brushing and flossing regularly prevent the bacteria in your mouth from setting up housekeeping in your gums.  Once bacteria have found a home in your mouth gum disease is the next step.  Studies have shown that oral bacteria travels throughout the body and has been linked to heart disease, stroke and pre-term births. Oral bacteria is also linked to diabetes. Since gum disease is easily preventable, keeping oral bacteria in check by brushing and flossing should be resolution number one.

It should be obvious that preventing gum disease will save you health care dollars but why is the regular visit to the dentist and hygienist so important?

Your dental hygienist can point out areas that you may be missing when brushing and flossing at home. The deep cleaning also clears out plaque that you cannot remove at home and a part of your examination includes screening for oral cancers (especially important for smokers and smokeless-tobacco users). Early detection of problems can save lives. Your dental hygienist can also polish away many stains on your teeth that make your smile look dingy and aged.

A sparking clean, healthy smile announces to the world that you are vibrant, energetic and youthful – no matter what your age!

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, Georgia today at 706-886-9439  to schedule your appointment.  Start the New Year with a resolution that you know you can keep – a resolution for a healthy, beautiful smile!



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