Now, we can’t tell you the best way to lose weight or improve your golf game, but we have a number of suggestions for making the upcoming new year the best yet for your smile. Even though we are well into the holiday season and have just a few weeks left in 2014, there’s no better time to take the first step toward creating a happier, healthier, you.
Kick the Tobacco Habit for Good
The commitment to quit smoking is one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions, but it is admittedly one of the most difficult to achieve. Aside from the more obvious benefits, such as longer lifespan and a reduced risk for lung cancer, quitting smoking benefits your teeth and gums in countless ways. From a cosmetic standpoint, kicking the habit will prevent your teeth from becoming more stained. Sounds like the perfect time to consider professional teeth whitening or veneers, especially if your teeth already show yellow and brown discoloration.
If You Are What You Eat…
…then it’s time to start eating well. A nutritious diet with minimal sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates will help ward off obesity and diabetes, and it will keep your teeth and gums healthy, too. By building strong teeth, you are less likely to suffer from sensitivity, tooth decay, and painful infections within the tooth. As an added bonus, the crisp, crunchy texture of fresh fruits and vegetables helps remove plaque from the surface of your teeth.
Take Better Care of Yourself
Taking good care of yourself isn’t limited to eating healthier and watching your weight; it also means taking preventive measures to protect your teeth and gums. In fact, good oral health and hygiene makes it much easier to stick with a healthy diet. Toothaches and sensitive teeth pose a challenge to anyone in search of healthier food options. By keeping teeth strong, you keep all your options open. You’ll also reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and, perhaps, even dementia. The key is to visit your dentist a minimum of once every six months to receive a thorough checkup and professional teeth cleaning.
About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists
At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.