Many of us might only want one present this holiday season: a clean bill of health. Maybe you’ve finally purchased that gym membership, maybe you’ve stopped smoking, or maybe you’re just trying to eat right. Whatever it is, keep going. You’ve got this. Remember that most behavioral studies posit that it takes twenty-one days to create a new habit, which means, if you start now, you can go into 2018 with a running start.
If you haven’t yet taken any steps to take control of your help, that’s okay. As it turns out, something as simple as a dental visit can help you benchmark more than just your oral health. That’s because inside are mouths are several key factors that can help you and your dentist zero in on complications you might be experiencing.
Poor Sleep and Anxiety
Many patients don’t realize that our teeth have natural ridges, indentations, and places of wear that a dentist can spot. If one side is more worn than another, meaning that a section of these natural ridges have become flat, this could be a sign of bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding, and is often caused by anxiety, stress, and in some cases, sleep apnea. Because of the serious complications associated with sleep apnea like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke, symptoms such as bruxism or fatigue should be taken seriously.
Although the relationship between gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and diabetes is not yet understood, research suggests that the relationship is a two-way street. Diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, and gum disease messes with the regulation of blood sugar. Meaning that bleeding caused by brushing or flossing, receding gums, or gums that are excessively red and puffy should be treated immediately. Periodontal disease is progressive, and, if left unchecked, can put teeth at risk, and can come with other serious complications.
Holiday treats like candy canes, cookies, apple pie, and eggnog are often consumed this time of year. While these are okay in moderation, they’re often eaten in excess. Because sugar and simple carbohydrates can cause serious damage to our mouths, cavities or gum disease can often be a marker for a poor diet. Limiting sugars can go far to prevent cavities, thin your waistline, and improve your overall health.
If you’re trying to make some serious health-related commitments this New Year then you might start with scheduling an appointment. Having regular checkups can ensure that oral complications that could point to more serious health issues won’t go unnoticed.
Are you looking for a general dentist in Valdosta, GA? Then please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with Dr. Nelson Clements.