January 5, 2018
It’s the beginning of the year, so you know what that means: it’s time to make good on all those New Year’s resolutions. If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’re probably hoping to be healthier in 2018. Fortunately, if you’re looking to have a happier and longer life, you don’t need to hit the gym for hours or give up your favorite foods. With these 4 simple tips from your dentist in Dunwoody, you can easily add years to your life without breaking a sweat at all!
1. Smile More!
Yes, according to research recently published in Psychological Science, smiling big and wide can help a person live longer, and it’s just that simple. How does this work? When a subject smiled regularly (even if they were happy or not), researchers found that their mood steadily improved, their immune system was strengthened, and their stress level lowered. Get ready to show off those pearly whites in the coming year! Speaking of which…
2. Don’t Forget to Floss
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and it’s actually one of the most common and most damaging dental problems in the world. In addition to being the leading cause of tooth loss, science has shown that gum disease bacteria can easily get into the bloodstream and lead to more systemic problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even dementia.
What’s the best way to keep gum disease at bay? Consistent flossing! Flossing is able to reach those areas between your teeth that brushing can’t. All you need to do is floss at least once a day in the evening, and you’ll be doing a tremendous good for your oral and overall health.
3. Keep Washing Those Hands
The simple fact of the matter is that most communicable diseases are transferred via the hands. Whether you’re talking about the flu or any number of ailments, most of the time, it’s your own hands that will introduce the germs to your body. This is why you must be diligent about washing your hands, especially in public places. Science suggests that scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds after lathering them is the best way to get results without harming your skin, and don’t forget to wash the backs of your hands and underneath your fingernails as well!
4. Get Good Sleep
Consistent, quality sleep is absolutely essential to both your mental and physical health. Without it, your memory, immune system, joints, and just about anything you can imagine can start to break down after just a few days. Doctors suggest getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and if you still feel tired despite doing this, you should consult a physician to make sure you don’t have sleep apnea, a serious disorder that affects over 20 million Americans each night.
With just these 4 tips, you’ll start to see a dramatic difference in how you feel every day and how often you seem to get sick. When it comes to your health, it’s really the little things that count. When you add these into a lifestyle that also includes a balanced diet and regular exercise, the result is a long, happy, and healthy life.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Rodgers has been practicing dentistry in Dunwoody since 2000. In addition to many general dentistry services, he’s also able to provide safe and effective sleep apnea therapy that is CPAP-free. If you’ve been dealing with sleep problems for more than a few weeks, he’s happy and able to help, so be sure to contact him today.
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