Ah, the holidays. We ate a little more, drank a little more, and certainly celebrated a whole lot! Now, we’re ready in 2016 to start anew by setting higher goals for ourselves and moving forward to achieve each one.

Your smile is a great place to begin. Taking the right steps to whiten your teeth can do more than just give you a beautiful smile. A brighter, healthier smile is great motivation and a perfect incentive to make other positive changes to your overall health in 2016.

Our mouth is a mirror of our body’s health. It is a gateway for many bacteria and potential disease. More than 500 different bacteria are present in dental plaque! Improving oral health by implementing excellent daily oral hygiene habits at home can not only help you maintain a whiter, brighter, healthier smile but it can also improve your overall health by decreasing the risk of some systemic diseases.

Achieving a brighter, healthier smile serves as a truly great reason to:

  1. Stop Smoking
    Smoking stains the teeth and is the number one cause of periodontal (gum) disease. It is also one of the most negative factors affecting overall body health.
  2. Improve Diet
    Decreasing your intake of coffee, tea and soda will certainly keep teeth whiter but it will also help to reduce the risk of enamel erosion and dental cavities.Limiting your intake of these substances can also help to reduce health risks that come along with ingesting too much sugar or caffeine.
  3. Reduce Risk Of Certain Health Conditions
    Research has shown there may be a correlation between periodontal (gum) disease and conditions like specific heart diseases, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and preterm births and low birth weight in pregnancy.
  4. Improve Self Image
    A whiter, healthier smile can instantly and ultimately improve your self esteem and make you feel absolutely great about yourself! This can empower you to make other positive changes in your life such as beginning a new physical activity to keep active and strengthen your body.

Sometimes, when we make even the smallest positive changes to ourselves, we can open more doors and stimulate a desire to make even bigger changes to our lives. The possibilities for change and personal growth are without limits. Many of us just need that little push!

Want to start 2016 off on the right foot with a whiter, healthier smile? Please visit your your Vaughn hygiene dental clinic today. Good luck in the New Year!


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