Everyone wants to be healthy, but staying that way is easier said than done! But, once you develop good lifestyle habits, focus on staying fit and healthy, and keep up with your medical appointments (including your dental care!) you’ll soon see the benefits in how you look and feel.
When it comes to overall health, one of the areas that often falls by the wayside is good dental care. You might know to brush your teeth and you might even see the dentist if your teeth are bothering you. . . but there is definitely more that you can do to improve your dental health! Believe it or not, this will also improve your general health.
1. Start By Prioritizing Your Dental Care
Most people only truly appreciate their teeth when they start to have issues with them. If your teeth are healthy, then you don’t really notice them, right?! Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to ignore your teeth when you start to have regular toothache due to cavities and other issues.
Unlike a cut, damage to your teeth doesn’t heal naturally. A cavity or chip that has appeared in your childhood will remain that way for the rest of your life unless you get the damage filled in by a dentist. Even wear and tear will stick around!
Not only this, but your dental health can have potentially enormous impacts on your general health. If you develop an abscess in your mouth or jaw, then your body will suffer the consequences. These abscesses aren’t just painful and unpleasant, but they can be dangerous.
So, be sure to regularly visit your dentist, both for checkups and for a professional tooth cleaning. Regardless of where you live, what language you speak, and how long it’s been since your last appointment, you can find a practice to help you with your dental needs.
(PS: If you live in Naperville—the town I grew up in!—You can find a Lithuanian speaking dentist to help with any language barriers you may face.)
2. Focus On Continued Hygiene
Good teeth lead to a nice smile! But you don’t have to have perfect teeth to smile. While your appearance isn’t the most important thing about you, when you look better you FEEL better, right?!
Your smile is how you express yourself, particularly joy or amusement. However, bad teeth and oral health can make you self-conscious about your smile, which can have a heavy impact on your self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. So, be sure to improve your smile by taking care of yourself – always!
3. Create New Routines
The good news is that it isn’t too difficult to keep your teeth healthy. If you stick to a regular routine of cleaning your teeth thoroughly every day, then you can prevent the build-up of plaque.
Use a toothbrush and either floss or use a water pick to get rid of trapped food between your teeth. Avoid sugary foods and drinks as much as possible, too, as these are particularly bad for your teeth.