If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution and have managed to keep to it so far, the chances are that you’ve beaten most people who set out with good intentions for 2012. New Year is an ideal time to make promises to live a healthy lifestyle, cut back on smoking and take better care of your body, but sticking to the changes can be tricky, especially if you’ve chosen a pledge that is heavily dependent on willpower. Sparkle Dental Boutique, serving patients from Kew, hopes you keep up with the challenge.
In some cases, making resolutions can have a major impact on your life, as well as your health. Losing weight, for example, can boost your confidence and give you a new lease of life, as well as helping to reduce the risk of serious medical illnesses.
Oral health matters
Although you may not immediately link oral health with New Year’s resolutions, many of the changes people choose to make can be highly beneficial for the mouth. Quitting smoking is one of the most popular resolutions, but most people do it to cut down their risk of lung cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Giving up smoking, however, can also be really good news for your teeth and gums. Smoking causes the teeth to become stained, making your smile look less attractive and potentially decreasing your confidence. Smoking also increases the risk of gum disease and slows the healing process.
Changes to your diet can also be advantageous for oral health. If you decide to switch to a healthy eating plan and cut down on sugary delights and fatty foods, not only will this help to decrease your risk of heart attacks and strokes, but it will also reduce the risk of oral health diseases, including gum disease and decay.
Why sticking to your resolutions is so important
There is always a great deal of hype surrounding resolutions and many people give up within hours. However, if you can stick to a resolution, especially one that spells good news for your health and wellbeing, this is a major plus. In terms of your oral health, giving up smoking, cutting down on sugary foods and adopting a good oral hygiene routine, will make a massive difference and with numerous studies confirming a link between poor oral health and a host of serious health conditions, from pneumonia and strokes, to heart attacks and diabetes, looking after your teeth and gums has never been so important.