As we enter the second month of the New Year, with all the goals written and the self-care underway, it is important to remember all aspects of our health. Our oral health is linked to our systemic health. Oral systemic health is the connection between oral health and overall health. There have been numerous studies that have demonstrated a link between poor oral health and systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even pregnancy complications so keep your teeth clean and your body healthy. Give your teeth the love and attention they deserve by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and always flossing. Using a fluoride mouth rinse and wearing a nightguard can assist you in keeping your smile healthy too. As always, remember to call us at 281.970.4000 to get your dental exams and cleanings to protect that gorgeous smile!
Not only will your oral health benefit your systemic health, but it will have a beneficial effect on your emotional state. Smiling elevates your mood and creates a sense of well-being. As behavioral psychologist Sarah Stevenson writes, “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” The span of a person’s smile can even predict life span. A 2010 Wayne State University research project studied pre-1950s major league player baseball cards. According to the study, “The researchers found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn’t smile in their pictures lived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years.” Is a smile worth seven extra years of life to you? Smiling raises your mood and reduces your stress level, and you may even brighten someone else’s day!
Know the power of your pearly whites. Smile more, worry less.
Dr. Amelia Hartzell DMD