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With 2017 just a few days away it is that time of year where we start to ponder your new year’s resolution. Believe it or not, many of the most popular New Year’s resolutions can actually be a positive resolution for your oral health and smile. According to Brain Statistics, they stated the following for 2016’s top resolutions:

A few of the most popular resolutions tend to be:

1. Lose Weight/ Staying Fit and Healthy

2. Quitting Smoking.

Lose Weight/ Staying Fit and Healthy– It’s no surprise that these are some of the top resolutions. All your family members at Christmas stating “After the New Year, I will really buckle down on this whole diet thing.” However, did you know that by taking care of your smile with good hygiene is cannot only make your pearly whites stand out but it helps with weight loss too! How?! Well, it’s actually kind of simple. Foods that usually end up causing the weight gain tend to be sugary, starchy foods. Which are also bad for your teeth. When you eat right for your smile, you are automatically starting to eat better for your entire body. So put down the Frappuccino and start cutting out those carbohydrates!

Quit Smoking – This is a No brainer why it would be a positive impact on your oral health. Smoking can lead to cancer in the mouth or throat, and oral tobacco products are associated with cancer in the cheeks, gums, and inner surface of the lips. About 80% of people with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers use tobacco in the form of cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff. But cancer is not the only thing that smoking can cause damage to in your mouth. You also have tooth loss, the reduced ability to fight off infections in the mouth, and slower healing after oral surgery. So when you quit smoking it reduces the likely hood of many of these oral issues.

Love yourself? Love your teeth? These are both great resolutions to not only take care of yourself in 2017 but your teeth, as well. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. So, what is your resolution for 2017?