We all know how important it is to love ourselves - and that includes taking care of our health and hygiene. But many people don’t think of their oral hygiene when they think about self-love. This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget your oral health - it just may be the most important part of yourself to protect.
Why Oral Health?
Did you know that your oral health is tied into many different systems of the body? It’s true! Something as seemingly innocuous as gingivitis can contribute to everything from cancer to stroke to diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure! And that’s just gingivitis. You can also get cavities, root canals and more if you don’t take care of your teeth.
So, think of it this way: If you want to love yourself, you need to keep up your oral health. It really is the new center of your body!
Show Some Love
The fastest and easiest way to show your mouth some love is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. This will keep your teeth clean, gums healthy and breath fresh. Want to splurge on a treat for your mouth this Valentine’s Day? How about upgrading your toothbrush to an electric spin or sonic brush? Many models cost less than a year’s supply of manual brushes and work 20 percent better at removing plaque than manual brushing!
Stop Skipping Exams
It's easy to just cancel your exam or never book it, but it's not doing you any favors to skip going to the dentist. You could be missing more than fresh, clean teeth - you could be missing undiscovered cavities, gum disease or even oral cancer. Don’t put your health ahead of your fears!
Stop Putting Off That Procedure
Need a filling and you know it? Avoiding getting it out of fear is completely relatable, but it's also a terrible idea. The longer you forgo recommended dental procedures, the worse they will likely get, and that includes cavities, root scaling and planing, root canals, and even neuromuscular dentistry.
Did you know that studies have shown that smiling can improve your mood, and even "fake" smiling can fool your brain into thinking it's happy, making you actually happy? It’s true. So don’t hide that smile - show yourself some love and be happy!
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lederman, please call 516-882-1764.