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Resolve To Get A Healthy Smile This Year [BLOG]

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Our team at Jennifer Perkins, DDS hopes you’re off to a great start in 2018 as you strive to keep all your resolutions.

If you’re like many people, you’re trying to do more each and everyday to improve your health. It could mean parking further away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work. You may cut out sodas.

Or maybe it means a more comprehensive overhaul of your daily diet and activity level.

Whatever the case, our team wants to help you get a healthy smile this year, and every year with general dentistry services in our Huntsville, AL dental office.

Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know now for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!

How Exercise Impacts Your Teeth

In the last decade, researchers have concluded that intense physical activity day after day may put you at a higher risk for gum disease.

While at first, that may come as a surprise, it makes sense when you know about the importance of saliva to the health of your teeth and gums.

Saliva is a natural layer of protection your tooth enamel depends on to keep out harmful bacteria. Without it, the inner pulp of your teeth are left defenseless against decay and infection.

People who go to extremes with their exercise routine may fail to keep themselves adequately hydrated, which leads to dry mouth and vulnerable, weakened enamel.

You Can Still Reach Your New Year’s Smile Goals

Maintaining balance when it comes to exercise and rest, as well as practicing moderation with your diet, are both worthwhile pursuits. Not only will it help you be healthier overall, but it will also help your teeth and gums stay strong and beautiful.

Here are three more tips for getting a healthy smile this year:

Keep Up A Good Oral Hygiene Routine

This may sound like welcome news to you because the first step in getting a healthy smile is something you probably already do.

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is a widely-known, and widely-practiced, oral hygiene must.

But what many people don’t do is floss every single day.

Just about one minute of your day with dental floss, and you’re already giving yourself the advantage in the fight against gum disease.

Maintain Regular Dental Appointments

You’ve already taken the first step in getting a healthy smile this year because you’re committed to best dental care practices at home.

If only that’s all it took, right?

Unfortunately, it takes a bit more work. But don’t worry!

Regular visits to our Huntsville, AL dental office for cleanings and exams are the best defense against gum disease and other oral health problems.

That’s because we have a highly-qualified team of dental professionals and the technology to detect early warning signs of cavities, infections, and gum disease. If a thorough exam reveals threats to your teeth and gums, we have the tools necessary to eradicate it and get you back on track!

Beware Of Too Much Sugar

You’ve been warned about sugar since you were a kid, so this will come as no surprise.

Excess sugar you find in highly-processed foods, sports drinks, and fruit juices is the leading cause of tooth decay.

The bad bacteria in your mouth loves to eat the sugar in your foods and drinks, and when it does, it creates harmful acids that wear your enamel.

The best way to protect yourself from the problems caused by these dangerous plaque acids is to cut off its supply, and that’s sugar!

Book Your First Appointment!

Getting a healthy smile requires more than just brushing your teeth everyday. Just like other goals that involve your health, it means making big and small changes to your lifestyle until you get the results you want.

Considering how tough change can be, it’s no wonder people tend to give up on resolutions for a healthier life before January ends!

But keeping those New Year’s resolutions isn’t something you have to do alone.

Our team at Jennifer Perkins, DDS is here to spot you! With our various preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, you can get a healthy smile this year and keep it that way for a lifetime!

Let us help you make your oral health and smile resolutions a reality in 2018. To book an appointment at Jennifer Perkins, DDS, call our Huntsville, AL dental office today at 256-801-0002 or use our online form.

 

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