Revitalize Your Smile in the New Year: A Resolution for Radiant Dental Health and Total Wellness
As we prepare to begin a new year, many of us embrace this time to embark on a journey of self-improvement. We set New Year’s resolutions, review the last year’s highs and lows, and review our goals to enhance our lives in the coming year. While the most popular resolutions often revolve around fitness, career, or personal development, one aspect of our wellness that deserves a bit of attention is often forgotten—the health and radiance of our smiles. In 2023, let’s make a resolution to prioritize total well-being and embark on a journey to a brighter, more confident smile.
The Foundation of a Radiant Smile
1. Commit to Regular Dental Check-ups:
The first step in achieving a healthy smile is committing to regular dental check-ups. For those with a perfect, healthy mouth, this means twice a year. For many of us though, it’s crucial to have cleanings more often. If your gums are inflamed due to pregnancy or diabetes, the inflammation in your gums can affect the rest of your body. Dr. Brittany Dickinson in Chicago acts as a wellness partner with her guests, managing their gum health with both in office treatments and at-home regimens. She recommends you schedule appointments with your dentist at least twice a year to ensure early detection and prevention of any potential issues and to maintain optimal oral health. Your routine visits will include professional cleanings, which help remove plaque and tartar in tricky spots that regular brushing and flossing may miss.
2. Embrace a Comprehensive Oral Care Routine:
Elevate your oral care routine by adopting habits that go beyond basic brushing and flossing. Consider incorporating an prescription strength toothpaste if you tend toward cavities. Investing in a quality electric toothbrush like our favorite, the Sonicare, can also make a significant difference, scrubbing your smile 500X per second for the most effective cleaning you’ve ever experienced. Swapping our your thin wax floss for a thicker woven floss with act like a loofah between your teeth, keeping the cracks clean and pearly white.
3. Whiten Your World:
Nearly everyone that walks through our doors would love to have a brighter, whiter smile. Make 2024 the year you invest in teeth whitening treatments or products to erase years of stains and discoloration. From at-home whitening kits to professional treatments in our Chicago loft, there are many options at your disposal to fit with every lifestyle and budget.
4. Mindful Nutrition for a Healthier Smile:
Your diet plays an unexpectedly important role in the health of your smile. Resolve to make mindful food choices that promote strong teeth and gums. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, which not only contribute to overall health but also help maintain the pH balance of your mouth, reducing the risk of cavities. Additionally, limit sugary and acidic foods and beverages that can erode enamel and lead to decay. Most of our guests already limit sweet candies and sodas, but many are surprised to hear that sparkling water is acidic and can erode enamel. Swap out your sparkling waters for a flat water with cucumber or mint for a neutral beverage.
5. Kick Bad Habits:
Many of us have vices that can be detrimental to our teeth. Whether it’s excessive consumption of coffee, tobacco use, or nail-biting, making a conscious decision to kick these habits can significantly improve the appearance and health of your smile. Seek support from friends, family, or professionals if needed, and watch your smile thrive.
6. Protect Your Pearly Whites:
If you’re engaging in activities that put your teeth at risk, such as contact sports, consider having a custom sports guard made. If you clench your teeth in teh daytime, consider physical therapy or TMJ Botox to help relax your muscles. If you are a nighttime teeth grinder, consider having a custom hard nightduard made. These protective measures are an investment that is well worth it! Custom-fitted mouthguards and night guards can safeguard your teeth from potential damage, ensuring your smile remains flawless for years to come.
7. Stress Less for a Healthier Mouth:
The mind-body connection is undeniable, and stress can manifest in various ways, including oral health issues. Make it a priority to manage stress through practices such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises. Not only will this benefit your mental well-being, but it can also contribute to a healthier mouth by reducing the risk of conditions like teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Stress also manifests itself as inflammation in your gums. Working 2 minute breaks into your daily routine will go a long way to decreasing the stress in your body!
8. Get Your Beauty Sleep:
Quality sleep is vital for overall health, and it also plays a role in maintaining a vibrant smile. Lack of sleep can contribute to inflammation which shows up as bleeding gums and can contribute to gum disease worsening. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to support your body’s natural healing processes, including those that promote a healthy smile.
Celebrate Your Progress
9. Document Your Wellness Journey:
Consider starting a wellness journal to track your progress throughout the year. Document your self care routine for stress management, sleep routine, your oral care routine, milestones achieved, and any treatments or changes you’ve implemented. This not only helps you stay accountable but also serves as a reminder of the positive steps you’ve taken toward a healthier, more radiant you.
10. Share Your Smile with Others:
Your smile is a powerful tool, capable of brightening someone else’s day. Make a resolution to share your smile generously in the new year. Acts of kindness, a warm greeting, or simply smiling at a stranger can create a ripple effect of positivity. As you work on improving your own smile, consider the impact it can have on the world around you.
Your smile can be a reflection of your commitment to self-care and wellbeing for 2024. By prioritizing your health through regular dental check-ups, a comprehensive home care routine, and smile-enhancing resolutions, you’ll not only achieve a radiant smile but also contribute to your overall health and confidence. Embrace the journey to a healthier, happier you, one smile at a time!