New Year’s Resolutions For Westchester Patients

 

While you’re busy making your list of New Year’s resolutions about saving more money and going to the gym, Dr. Glaser in Westchester suggests that you make a few for your teeth, too! Here are six resolutions that will help keep your smile healthy and bright for 2014.

 

1) Floss every day – As the saying goes, “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.” Floss removes plaque that can’t be removed by brushingAs we age, the leading cause of tooth loss is not cavities or trauma but gum (periodontal) disease. Flossing is the best prevention of periodontal disease.

 

2) Brush two times a day – Two is the magic number. Be sure to brush your teeth morning and night, for 2 minutes each time

 

3) See your dentist every 6 months — Regular check-ups are the key to prevention. A visit to your dentist on a regular basis allows for potential problems to be prevented and new problems to be caught early.

 

4) Quit smoking — Smoking causes discoloration to teeth, bad breath and, of course, cancers of the mouth and other parts of the body.

 

5) Cut down on sugary drinks, like soda and sports drinks — Carbonated soft drinks have a lot of sugar and acids that can cause tooth decay. Juices and sports drinks also contain too much sugar. And diet sodas still have the acids that can erode your teeth. Best bet? Drink water! And at least rinse your mouth with water after having one of the other drinks.

 

6) Change your toothbrush every 3 months – Over time, the bristles on toothbrushes become frayed and worn with use, decreasing the effectiveness of removing plaque. If you wear braces, you may have to replace your toothbrush more often, as the brackets create additional wear and tear on the bristles.

 

Healthier teeth can lead to a brighter smile and more smiling puts you and the people around you in a happier mood. Smiles are very important to us, so we want to see you make sure you attain your very best smile! Glaser Orthodontics wishes all of our patients in the Westchester area a very happy and successful New Year!

 

Why Are Healthy Smiles So Important in Northern Westchester

 

 

Here at Glaser Orthodontics, we encourage what people have been taught from a young age — that it is a daily ritual to brush your teeth twice a day, after waking up and before going to sleep. This year, make your smile even brighter by learning why it is so important to keep your teeth healthy and by acting on these ideas at home and with the help of Dr. Glaser.

 

 

Your teeth are the focus of your smile — kind of hard to miss when posing for a picture or just laughing with a friend. But that’s not all they do. Healthy teeth are essential to overall health as well. Some research has shown that healthy, or rather unhealthy, teeth are linked to many other, seemingly unrelated, health problems or benefits. For example, brushing and cleaning teeth can prevent heart disease! It has also been found that brushing your teeth can aid weight loss. The mental signal to the brain that eating is finished occurs when you brush your teeth after dinner. So after your next meal, brush your teeth to signal to yourself that eating time is over. Plus, even if you do eat again, the minty fresh feeling in your mouth may make the food less appetizing and cause you to eat less of, or even skip, the meal! Studies have even found that brushing your teeth can improve cognitive function by preventing gum disease, which often has a negative effect on this. According to Dr. Angela Kamer, “people with periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects.”

 

 

So, not only is a sparkling smile essential to self esteem and taking a good photo for picture day, but it is also great for your bodily health! Be sure to continue brushing twice a day and flossing consistently. Stop by or call Dr. Glaser with any concerns or questions and let us help you reach your best dental health!

 

1983 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567
Phone: (914) 739-6400
info@glaserortho.com