Happy New Year!
With the New Year well underway, the cold weather has many of us already forgotting about the resolutions we made only three short weeks ago. Our New Year’s resolutions are often focused on improving our health, so I will gently suggest a few healthy resolutions that will also lend to your enjoying a beautiful healthy smile in the coming year! You can start them today since we are only a few weeks into 2014!
- Change the snacks you choose – Instead of going for the candy or the chips, fill the fridge with fruits and vegetables. The apples are still good this time of year and those multi-colored sweet peppers are great and you can have a few at a time! Long stalks of celery are great too. Almonds are a great quick snack in between meals as well.You can bring a small bag to work! These foods are guilt-free and contain antioxidants which improve your body’s ability to fight the bacteria and inflammation which leads to gum disease. Chewing these types of foods can help to clean plaque from your teeth. These snacks also have very little sugar which is your teeth’s biggest enemy.
You may also find that this small change helps get you on the road to losing those few extra pounds- so there’s two benefits from one resolution! Check out eatingwell.com for recipe ideas.
- Okay- Quit smoking – It is well established that smoking stains your teeth, contributes to gum recession, and negatively affects your immune system and your ability to breathe freely. I know this is a big challenge but as dentists, oral cancer is not something we ever wish to find in our patients. Please give it a try! The website smokefree.gov is a good resource.
- Don’t Skip Your Dental Visits. – I know we are not on the “Fun things to do in 2014” list, but seeing us twice a year prevents bigger problems from occurring. We can’t monitor your dental health if we don’t see you and your mouth will feel great after a thorough cleaning. Best of all, you will be satisfying another healthy New Year’s resolution! Make your appointment today so we may help you start the year off on a positive note!
Happy New Year!!
Gary C. Sherman, D.M.D.