New Years Resolution Tips from Dr. Ballard

As New Years Eve looms, millions of Americans are contemplating what habit(s) to kick or what to change about themselves in 2015. For those who are pledging to lose weight or maintain a better diet in 2015, we have an idea…make oral health a priority as well. We have put together our top 5 tips to help get you there..

Fruits and Veggies

Did you know that poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system, increasing susceptibility to many common oral disorders, including gum (periodontal) disease? Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.

Kick Smoking and Tobacco Products to the Curb

Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. It’s not just smoking tobacco that has negative effects on your oral health: use of smokeless tobacco can be just as harmful to your oral health. The good news is that the risk of tooth loss decreases after you quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

It is no secret that excessive alcohol intake can have an effect on your overall health, but did you know that it may also affect your oral health? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing). Their studies show that smokers who regularly consume alcohol are less likely to brush their teeth on a regular basis and are less concerned about their basic health than nonsmokers. For the wine drinkers out there, moderation is the key…and don’t forget to brush away those tooth staining particles immediately after.

Come See Our Dental Team Twice a Year

By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more complex or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental treatment plan to address areas of concern, while keeping your budget in mind.

For 2015, don’t just resolve to losing weight or kicking soda’s. Resolve to treat your mouth right: improve your diet and food choices, quit smoking and improve your oral hygiene habits – your teeth AND your body will thank you for it!

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