Make Flossing And Brushing Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Christmas is just around the corner and once the festivities have died down it will be time to celebrate New Year, but what will your New Year’s resolutions be?

Dentists are urging people to remember their health when making resolutions this year and suggest making more of an effort to brush and floss your teeth.

Most people are aware that they need to brush their teeth to enjoy a healthy smile, but you may not be aware of other health risks associated with neglecting your teeth and gums. In recent years, there have been numerous studies published, which have suggested a link between poor oral health and a host of general medical conditions, including heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

Surveys show that many people do not brush their teeth twice a day and even fewer people floss on a daily basis. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes each time and flossing to ensure that bacteria and plaque are not allowed to collect in the mouth; plaque is a major cause of decay and gum disease.

Dentists are also encouraging people to make visiting their dentist a priority in 2013; regular dental visits help to prevent gum disease and decay, as well as enabling dentists to detect the early warning signs of oral cancer, a condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK.


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