How Your New Year Resolution Can Improve Your Oral Health

Tired of being out of shape, overweight, and generally unhealthy? The new year is here! Make a New Year’s Resolution to improve your total body and oral health. If you want to look and feel your best in 2016, the team at the Antoine Dental Center can help. Contact our Houston, TX dental practice with any questions or concerns you may have.

Poor Overall Health Getting You Down?

Being overweight and generally unhealthy can really take a toll on your social life. Did you know that it can negatively affect your oral health as well? Did you know that all of the bad habits commonly associated with being overweight and out of shape are the same ones associated with tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer? The simple fact is that all of your bodily systems are connected. When you taking care of one, others improve as well. In contrast, when you let one system go un-cared-for, other systems will suffer.

You may have heard that gum disease is linked to other total-body problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It’s true — a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation … inflammation that can spread to other ares of the body if left unchecked. They are also caused by similar poor habits — unhealthy diet, high sugar consumption, lack of exercise, etc.

Poor total body health can keep you from achieve all sorts of goals. If your poor total body health is affecting your oral health, now is the time to do something about it. With a new year upon on, now is the time to make a resolution to change your habits to promote better oral (and overall) health.

A Balanced Diet For A Healthy Smile

The first step to creating healthy change is setting up a healthy diet. This means introducing lots of fruit and vegetables into your daily routine. Getting the proper nutrients can help keep bad cholesterol low, good cholesterol high, and general help your body maintain and repair itself if necessary. For more information on creating a healthy diet, please visit the USDA’s website on nutritional health at ChooseMyPlate.gov. You can also call our office to speak to a member of our team. We would be happy to help point you in the right direction!

Exercise Equals Excellent Health

Did you know that exercise can improve your oral health as well? A combination of a health diet and the proper exercise can really make a huge difference in your overall health. Consider setting up a exercise routine (we recommend exercises for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) to maintain good overall health. Your entire body will thank you … including your smile.

If you would like some ideas on how work exercise into your life, our team would be happy to assist you. Feel free to give us a call. Your primary care physician may also be able to assist you!

Ditch Other Bad Habits

Smoking, drinking alcohol, and consuming illicit drugs can also do damage to your oral health. If ditching these habits are not already part of your health plan for the new year, it should be. Stop smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and consuming drugs for better overall and oral health. Did you know that these substances are known for causing cancer? Decrease your risk by limiting these harmful substances in your life.

Set Your Goals For 2016

Now is the time to make changes in your life. If you are committed to improve your total body and oral health this year, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Regular cleanings and exams are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. We can also offer nutritional and lifestyle counseling. Call our office at 713-364-8990 to talk to a member of our team today.

Don’t let bad habits hold you back this year — achieve the level of total body AND oral health you need to look and feel your best! Your friends at the Antoine Dental Center would be happy to help.