Lancaster Dental – Your Kitchener Dentist would like to take this opportunity to give you a timely reminder of the importance of maintaining your oral health throughout 2019 and beyond.

Strong, healthy teeth and gums will give you a great smile and avoid a host of problems associated with diseases such as tooth decay and gum infection. The state of your oral health can also impact your overall well being. For instance, if your gums become infected, the germs can spread to other areas of your body, including vital organs.

Although oral diseases are widespread, the good news is that they’re preventable if you take a few simple steps. With that in mind, Lancaster Dental has drawn up a blueprint on how to improve your dental – and overall – health during 2019.

If your New Year resolve to lead a better life has been less than successful, we offer five top tips in key oral health areas on the importance of:

  • A healthy diet.
  • Giving up smoking.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Regular dental check-ups.
  • How cosmetic dentistry can improve your oral health.

How to Eat Healthier

Many people make New Year resolutions to eat healthier, with the goal of losing weight, lowering cholesterol levels, or simply getting more nutrients. Whatever inspired your aim of a better diet, eating healthier will benefit your whole body, including your oral health.

Fruit and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which play a major role in neutralising the free radicals in your body that attack protein, fats and DNA in cells, causing a range of ailments and speeding up the aging process. Go for fruits and vegetables of different colours when you plan your meals. This will give your diet the widest variety of beneficial antioxidants.

The best sources of antioxidants include:

  • Cabbage.
  • Broccoli.
  • Spinach.
  • Apples.
  • Raspberries.
  • Blueberries.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will also help to lessen the risk of gum infections and tooth decay.

Need Help to Quit Smoking?

Smoking is a dangerous habit, and the nicotine in tobacco is highly addictive, which makes it extremely difficult to quit.

Kicking the smoking habit will reduce the risk of cancer, heart problems and lung disorders. It will also help to safeguard you against tooth loss, gum disease and oral cancer.

The Reader’s Digest magazine has compiled a list of 20-plus ways to help smokers to quit, including healthy alternatives to overcome the craving. Your dentist or doctor can also offer advice on the best ways to stop smoking.

Make Sure You Stay Hydrated

Drinking the recommended eight glasses (eight ounces) of water each day will go a long way towards keeping your body hydrated and functioning effectively.

Every organ, cell and tissue in your body needs water to work properly. Water also rinses away bacteria and neutralises acids in the mouth, which helps to protect tooth enamel. When you’re thirsty, opt for water rather than sodas or other sugar-rich drinks.

See Your Kitchener Dentist Regularly

Visiting your dentist every six months for check-ups is crucial in maintaining your oral health and overall wellbeing. Your oral health can provide clues to problems with your general health, and dental issues can impact other areas of your body if undetected.

Check-ups by your Kitchener dentist Lancaster Dental can detect multiple problems before they become a serious issue, including signs of:

  • Tooth decay and the cavities it can cause.
  • Gum disease.

Regular check-ups also give your dentist or dental hygienist the opportunity to carry out a professional cleaning to get rid of bacteria, plaque and tartar, which can build up even if you brush and floss regularly.

Health benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about looking good. Problems such as crooked or missing teeth not only spoil your appearance but also affect your oral health and function. Numerous cosmetic treatments are available at Lancaster Dental to give both your smile and your health a makeover. These include:

    • • Crowns.
    • • Inlays.
    • • Onlays
    • • Veneers.

A healthy diet, regular dental check-ups, staying hydrated and quitting smoking will put you firmly on the path to a healthy mouth and help to keep your whole body in good condition.

To boost your new regime of oral healthcare at home, preventive treatments are available including fluoride applications and dental sealants.