It's a New Year, and with it comes the infamous New Year's Resolution. Between fitness plans, professional aspirations, and personal goals, dental health is rarely anyone's top New Year's Resolution...but it should be!
There are so many reasons to make dental health a priority, even beyond a whiter smile, easier cleanings, and less cavities. Read on for more benefits of daily brushing and flossing that make better dental health a New Year's Resolution worth keeping!
Better Respiratory Health
It may come as a surprise, but poor dental health can leave you susceptible to respiratory infections. IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry writes, "Oral bacteria can enter your body several ways, from your bloodstream to the air you breathe. Each time you take a breath, bacteria from your mouth go straight to your lungs." Respiratory health is more important than ever, so take the time to brush and floss that bacteria away!
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
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Lowered Risk of Cancer and Dementia
Another fantastic benefit of great oral health? Reduced risk of some cancers and dementia, especially in women! The Oral Health Foundation's website states, "New research, which examined data from 65,000 post-menopausal women between the ages of 54 and 86, found those with a history of gum disease were 14% more likely to develop cancer... Those who have healthy gums are also 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those who have suffered from gum disease over a long period of time."
Poor dental health and gum disease can come with a lot of undesirable symptoms, like bad breath and staining. WebMD writes, "Decayed teeth and gum disease are often associated not only with an unsightly mouth but very bad breath--so bad it can affect your confidence, self-image, and self-esteem." Practice some self-care and brush at least twice a date to keep that smile healthy, fresh, and bright!
Expecting a new member of the family in 2021? Be sure that your dental health is top-notch! According to HealthyChildren.org, "When a pregnant woman has excessive bacteria growth in her mouth, it can enter the bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus--triggering the production of chemicals called prostaglandins--that are suspected to induce premature labor."
For more information on pregnancy and dental health, check out this article from the April 2020 issue of "First Time Parent."
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Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of medical professionals with any questions you may have.