Your oral health is an important part of your overall wellness and the start of a New Year is a really great opportunity to improve your oral health, maybe as part of an overall health kick.
Of course, everybody has their own personal goals and ambitions and you have to decide which options are the best for you and your future.
However, your Egham dentist would like to encourage you to include at least one oral health New Year's resolution. After all, your teeth help you to talk, eat and express yourself, and they support the structure of your face, keeping you looking young. Your smile is really important!
Bad oral health can also have a detrimental effect on your overall health. For example, gum disease is thought to contribute to your risk of heart disease as well as other adverse health conditions.
To contribute towards a happy and healthy 2019, please take a look at our 2019 New Year's smile resolution ideas:
Protect Your Smile
One major New Year resolution is to start a new hobby, such as a sport. This is great for your overall health, but it can put your teeth and gums at risk, especially if it is a contact sport like rugby. Your Egham dentist offers custom gum shields to ensure your teeth and gums are protected from injury as much as possible, during sports that put them at risk.
Eat Your 5 A Day (Or More)
Fruit and vegetables are a major part of oral health because they boost your immune system. Your immune system helps to protect you from oral health issues like gum disease which can go on to cause further issues elsewhere. Gum disease is known to contribute to your risk of all kinds of health conditions, including heart disease.
A lack of fruit and vegetables can also contribute to your risk of oral cancer. So eating your 5 a day or more is a really great resolution all round.
Improve Your Oral Health Regime
Christmas comes around so quickly doesn't it? Summer ends and before you know it, you're writing Christmas gift lists, accepting invitations to events and pondering your Christmas decoration arrangement this year.
Between your decisions over standard pine and Nordic spruce, Christmas brings a lot of reasons for smiling. Parties, gifts, social events, family events, Christmas movies, and of course the food and drink.
The problem is, although this season brings lots of smiling, it is also a very risky season for your oral health. Many patients come into our Egham clinic in January with issues that have unfortunately come from, or been exacerbated by the party season. Even worse, emergency visits occur over Christmas and the festivities can be ruined because of problems that occur.
Don't fret though, with some caution and awareness, your smile can stay beautiful and healthy over Christmas.
Top Tips To Help Your Smile Stay Healthy And Beautiful Over Christmas
TIP - Don't Use Your Teeth As A Tool
When you're relaxing back and you want to crack a nut, or open a bottle of beer, it might seem more tempting to use your teeth than to get up and get the appropriate tool, especially if you are full of Christmas dinner! The problem is, your teeth, although strong, are not designed for this kind of thing and using your teeth as a tool is a really bad idea. Cracked teeth happen regularly at Christmas because of this type of reckless activity. It is also important to mention that it is incredibly dangerous to ever attempt opening a bottle using your teeth as the carbonated bottle can shoot the cap out into your mouth or throat leading to a nasty injury. Do always reach for the appropriate tool, which is never your teeth!
TIP - Too Many Mince Pies Is Bad News!