Are you excited about the new year? You definitely should be, because it’s your chance to have a clean slate. Every time the calendar cycles around to the start of a fresh set of 12 months, that symbolizes a new opportunity for you to make a change and grow. One area that you’ve been wanting to grow in is your dental health. You’ve just felt overwhelmed, thinking that you’re hopeless, but your dentist says that nothing could be farther from the truth. His philosophy is that everybody is entitled to excellent oral health and can achieve it with a little help and determination. With that in mind, he suggests a simple yet powerful new year resolution for you: to visit your dentist at least twice.
Why is Your Oral Health So Important?
Your oral health is super significant because it affects every other aspect of your life. Whether it’s the way you speak, the foods you eat or your blood pressure, you’ll find that all roads lead back to oral health. This is because your body is connected by a super highway of veins and arteries. Therefore, nothing can just independently happen in this vast network.
An example is with an oral infection. If it is allowed to fester for too long, it will not just cause more havoc in your mouth, but it will also materialize in other areas. One very serious place that its effects can be felt, is your heart. This is due to two main factors:
- Blood Flow – The same blood that is infected in your mouth travels throughout your body in its quest to be used and recycled. That means that it eventually passes through the heart.
- Plaque – Another example of just how connected all the parts of your body are, the plaque that gathers on your teeth can also collect in your arteries. This causes blockages that can lead to heart attack.
How the Semi-Annual Visit Can Help to Offset Issues
One of the best tools that you have at your disposal is the semi-annual visit to your dentist for cleanings and examinations. It provides you with the peace of mind of knowing that you have an expert to monitor your health and deliver a level of cleaning that you just can’t provide on your own.
By maintaining these appointments, you are building a partnership with your local professional to ensure that your goal of excellent oral health won’t just be some whimsical dream, but a manifested reality.
Reach out to your dentist today to learn how you can get the process started and experience a year of amazing successes!
About the Author
Dr. Philip A. Batson graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. A member of the American Dental Association and several other professional organizations, Dr. Batson practices at Healthy Smiles Columbia and can be reached for more information through his website.