For a lot of folks, 2020 was a year that made “turning the page” in 2021 look like the best idea anyone had ever had. Even though most people’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were a little smaller and more subdued than they have been in previous years, the resolutions that people made were huge. In fact, only about 3 in every 100 people said they would not be making a New Year’s resolution this year, with the top resolution being to exercise and lose weight. For the particularly ambitious, there was also “get a new job” or “find love.” Interestingly enough, however, no one specifically resolved to do the one thing that could help with all three of those things: brightening up your smile.
We’ve all heard that first impressions are the most important part of many things, including landing a job and finding love. After all, if you make a bad first impression, your odds of getting a chance to make a second one are dramatically diminished. But what in the world could a brighter, healthier smile have to do with weight loss? Well, it turns out that oral health issues can directly affect your body’s hormone levels and overall levels of inflammation, which, of course, directly affect your success when it comes to losing weight.
So, basically, get your smile brighter and you could end up accomplishing a whole lot more than you bargained for! Here are 3 simple, easy-to-keep resolutions for a brighter smile in 2021:
1. Chew gum after meals if you can’t rinse your mouth.
You know you should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day, but most people don’t know that rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse after every meal is also a great way to defend your mouth from decay and gum disease. If you can’t find somewhere to rinse and spit, pop in a piece of sugar-free gum! The gum will increase saliva flow and wash a lot of that post-meal bacterial presence away.
2. Pick “surf” over “turf” in your daily meals.
Lots of people make extreme diet-related resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but those resolutions are often really hard to keep. Choose something easy to remember and simple to stick to, such as choosing salmon or tuna over beef when you’re planning your meals each day. The omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish may help reduce inflammation and decrease your susceptibility to gum disease. Less inflammation means better results when you exercise!
3. Make an appointment with your dentist.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that adult and pediatric patients come in for a routine cleaning every six months or, at the very least, once a year. At Dr. Crawford’s dental practice, we tell our patients, “Preventing dental problems is easier and more efficient than having to treat a problem later down the road!”
So don’t let a silly little thing like your dental habits keep you from keeping your great, big, fantastic New Year’s resolutions this year. Call Dr. Crawford and we’ll make an appointment for you today!
At Dr. Pat Crawford’s dental clinic, we will work with you to figure out the best way to keep your mouth happy and healthy. Just give us a call or visit our website at PatCrawfordDDS.com.