Most people make resolutions at the start of the New Year that pertains to their health. You may decide to eat better or exercise more. However, your dentist may be able to help you meet your New Years’ resolutions to be healthier. Most people don’t realize just how much. How is that possible? Regular visits to your dental health professional can help in several ways, so let’s take a look at a few of them…
Gum Disease Prevention
The only real way to prevent gum disease is to take care of your oral health through regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. However, your dentist can take a look at things and make sure that you are on the right path. Getting that reminder every six months to keep up the good work, or that you might need to floss a bit more, tends to keep everyone grabbing for their toothbrush a bit more often which keeps gum disease at bay.
Your Dentist Can Detect Medical Problems
It is possible for your dentist to detect a medical problem through a dental checkup. Just like an optometrist can tell if you have high blood pressure or even some forms of cancer through a routine eye exam, your dentist can detect some medical conditions through a regular exam. The longer you’ve had your dentist and the more regular your visits, the more likely they are to pick up on something irregular, which may signal a problem.
Prevent Heart Disease
Poor dental health has been shown to increase the chances of heart disease. If you are already at risk for heart disease, you want to do everything you can to reduce this risk. The perfect way to do that is to talk to your dentist. By maintaining or improving your dental health, and reducing your risk for heart disease and other medical problems, you can work together with your dentist and medical professional to keep your body strong.
Your dentist can tell you what state of health your teeth are in. If they are perfectly healthy, that’s great! He can tell you how to keep them that way. If they need some work, he can tell you how to improve their health, and you can make this a part of your dental health New Years’ resolutions. Eating healthy and exercising isn’t the only way to get or remain healthy in the New Year.