It’s been a long year of new experiences for everybody. We have all tried new exercises, tried home schooling our children, become extraordinary bakers, D.I.Y ers and tried out several different recipes and hobbies. We’ve all created new habits some bad, some good.
As we all welcome 2021, no doubt we will all have some New Year resolutions. The New Year is a great time to start new habits or create goals for yourself after all.
Everyone always does the healthy eating and quitting smoking resolutions, but most people do not know the correlation between a healthy body and a healthy mouth.
Let’s talk about the common new year resolutions:
Keeping your body hydrated is the best thing that you could do for your gut health, detoxing & overall functioning of the body. We, in our busy lives often forget to do this simple step- drink enough water.
Have you wondered what effect it can have on your oral health. Drinking water throughout the day will help cleaning your mouth regularly, washing away the left over food from snacking etc. This left over food attracts bacteria which can cause decay and bad breath. So, sipping water helps to overcome the bad breath & also protects you from getting decay in your teeth.
It also helps to neutralize the mouth pH. You may have enjoyed a cup of coffee or a glass of juice or an energy drink over your lunch time- water helps to neutralize the acidity caused by these acidic drinks in your mouth, thus helping to stop the erosion process of enamel.
This is another common one on the list.
We all know the deleterious effects of sugar on our body- obesity, high risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc.
And we are also aware of what sugar attacks can do to our teeth- the most obvious ones as to decay and cavities.
But what you may not know is that increased sugar intake or obesity also impacts your sleep, concentration and energy levels. When you don’t sleep properly, it can lead to problems like acid regurgitation. Which can cause the most IRREVERSIBLE and HARMFUL effect on your teeth- EROSION (loss of enamel) the acid just erodes the enamel away. No amount of brushing or flossing can bring back the enamel that you have lost, it will need to be rebuild with fillings or crowns.
Low energy levels will need more energy drinks or caffeine which again leads to erosion of teeth.
Thus cutting down on sugar not only will give you a healthy body, but it will bless you with a healthy mouth as well.
We are all so busy in our lives that we can not always make that extra 30 minutes to exercise regularly. Our modern day to day lives have become so busy that it unknowingly causes lot of stress and tension. Exercising just 30 minutes a day can help us to reduce this stress & relax our mind and body.
Stress can manifest as phantom pain in the teeth, clenching or grinding, temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and gum disease. The treatment options for these problems is a splint (bite guard), Botox into the jaw muscles or orthodontics to move teeth.
However, the other surprising benefit of exercise is that as it relieves stress and relaxes the body and helps in a good night sleep, which in turn also benefits to some extent in the TMJ problems like grinding or clenching.
With all this knowledge, check in with your dentist and let us know your new year resolutions and see how setting some 2021 oral health goals will help improve your oral health at the same time.
The new year is also a great time to chat about any cosmetic concerns and see what your options are, remember you can always spread out your 2021 dental treatment resolutions throughout the year.