Oral Health Goals for 2019

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Health and fitness goals are the most popular goals people make for their New Year’s resolutions. Enjoying life to the fullest is also another one. When it comes to these goals, upping your game with your oral hygiene and dental appointments can make a huge difference in your confidence, happiness, perception and oral health. Find out just how much your overall health and wellness benefits from you taking really good care of your teeth and easy ways you can do that!

 

The Most Popular Resolutions

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet? If so, we bet that health and fitness goals are on there somewhere, as the most popular resolutions people make include:

  • Getting in shape
  • Losing weight
  • Eating better/having good nutrition
  • Enjoying life
  • Smiling more
  • Being more social

 

It may not surprise you that health and fitness goals are the most popular areas that people focus on for their New Year resolutions. However, part of your health involves your oral health, which is often overlooked when making New Years goals. Having better oral health can improve your health and fitness, will help you to smile more and having a great smile will help you be more social. Unfortunately, millions are plagued with oral health diseases.

 

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Oral Health Problems

Did you know that your overall health affects your oral health and vice versa? If one is suffering, the other often follows suit. This is why complications with diabetes may cause problems with your gum health, as that condition is connected to blood vessels that also help nourish the gums. Heart disease can affect your mouth and many other chronic conditions. However, most people are hurting their oral health by simply not brushing, flossing and following basic oral hygiene measures.

 

So how bad is it in the U.S.? Take a look:

  • Today reports that more than 92% of people have had tooth decay—most more than once—by the time they reach adulthood.
  • The National Institutes of Health report that tooth decay—what you know as cavities—is the most “chronic, prevalent disease” among American children and adults.
  • Gum disease is also up there, affecting 64.7 million Americans, and that is only including the adults!
  • The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that an estimated 49,750 people in the U.S. alone will be diagnosed with oral cancer. It will cause almost 10,000 deaths, even though prompt detection and intervention can stop the cancer from progressing.
  • 42% of children 11 and under have cavities in their baby teeth. About 23% of those children have untreated cavities that worsen without care.
  • The prevalence of tooth decay and gum disease worsen as a person ages, especially over age 65.
  • The American College of Prosthodontists reports that more than 36 million Americans have no teeth, and at least 120 million have lost 1 or more permanent tooth.

 

Improving Your Oral Health

These are alarming statistics. The crazy part about all of those statistics is that they are all preventable. Nobody has to lose their teeth if they take proper care of their dental health! If you haven’t visited a dentist, start now. The ADA recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year. There, you will receive thorough dental cleanings that will brush, polish and buff your teeth.

 

Your teeth will be flossed and any plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) will be removed. The dentist will examine your mouth, next and gums for oral cancer signs and will do a thorough examination of your oral health. When signs of decay or disease are found, they can be fixed in a second appointment. These visits are vital to your oral health if you plan on keeping your teeth throughout life.

 

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Start at Home

Want to make a change to your oral health for the new year? You can start right in the comfort of your own home. In fact, this is the absolute best place to get ahead of oral health problems and prevent them in the first place. Preventing oral health diseases like tooth decay and gum disease is possible with good oral health habits. You may even find that you keep your natural teeth until the day you die with these simple tips:

  • Brush your teeth. We can’t stress how important this is. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Brush with a quality toothbrush that fits the size of your mouth, making sure to use fluoride toothpaste (to prevent cavities). With toothpaste, brush in all different directions and use circular motions, covering all tooth surfaces. Switch to a new toothbrush every 3 months or when your current toothbrush bristles become frayed.
  • Floss. Many people skip flossing altogether and then wonder why they have cavities. Flossing gets about 40% of your tooth surfaces. If you skip it, that 40% is likely to decay. Get about 18 inches of new floss and floss 1-2 times a day. Wind the floss between either your middle fingers on both hands or pointer fingers. With about 2-3 inches of space, pull the floss taught and floss between your teeth. Make sure to get up into your gum line, scraping your teeth as you go.

 

These simple oral health habits will improve your oral health immensely in 2019. You can prevent decay, gum recession and disease and can have a brighter, whiter smile. Any other addition like mouthwash, fluoride treatments and dental visits will help your oral health immensely. Start of your 2019 oral health resolutions now, by calling Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425!

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