A New Year of Self Care

January 11, 2021
Dr. Katherine Nicholson

A New Year of Self Care

It’s been a year, to say the least. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we can tell a lot about our patients’ overall health by their oral health. This year, it’s clear that issues like stress, and perhaps some “slacking off” on daily dental habits, have created the highest incidents of gingivitis and cavities that we’ve ever seen.

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Stress and Your Oral Health

There’s no doubt that the pandemic’s effects have taken an enormous toll on our overall health and well-being. Job loss, family strife, and even shifts in how we live, work, and educate our children are all major life changes that we’ve all had to navigate.

When these kinds of stressful life events creep up, (and when people are staying home more often), basic hygiene can sometimes be neglected. Day after day, a lack of brushing, flossing, and even regular trips to your dentist can take its toll on the rest of your body. Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, and if left unchecked, this bacteria can develop into issues like gingivitis, cavities, and other serious oral problems.

Studies also show that your oral health has a broader connection to your overall health. Not taking the daily steps to care for your teeth can cause a range of issues like heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

A New Year of Self Care

So now that we know the risks, how can we turn over a new leaf for the New Year?

In short: a renewed commitment to self-care.

It’s the simple, daily health habits that can have the most far-reaching effects on your emotional and physical well-being. Here are a few ideas for how to add a little self-care to your daily routine in the New Year:

-Take a daily walk: It’s amazing what a little fresh air can do to recharge your spirit!

-Find some time to be alone: Meditate, journal, or just take a “breather” to center yourself and your thoughts.

-Eat the rainbow: It sounds simple, but the more color and plant variety you can add into your diet, the better for your long-term health.

-Brush & Floss: You’ve heard this since you were small, but neglecting these simple steps – especially during stressful times – can have far reaching effects on your overall health.

-Treat yourself: Don’t hesitate to give yourself a little gift in the New Year. Consider scheduling that tooth whitening session that you’ve been considering for some time. It can go a long way to improving both your smile and confidence!

Through simple, daily adjustments, you can care for yourself a little more in the New Year. At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that the simple steps you take now can have far-reaching benefits for a healthy, happy future.

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Dr. Nicholson and all of our staff are dedicated to protecting your dental health through regular cleanings, exams and cosmetic restoration. For all of your New Year needs, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. One of our friendly team members will help set up an appointment for an exam.


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