Speaking from experience, it is often difficult to keep your New Year’s resolution for longer than a month (10 days in my case). I have tried to use New Year’s as a reason to start writing a journal (2 weeks), to organize my house (harder than it seems) and the grand-daddy of all resolutions: lose weight! I am not alone either, losing weight is one of the most common resolutions Americans make.
I think it is great that in a nation of overindulgence, we still want to be healthy. Now, not many people actually stick to this resolution but there are a number of people who also view the New Year as a chance to turn over a new leaf; and this new leaf can help your mouth!
Most people have no clue that being overweight can affect your oral health. As you gain weight, your entire body changes, teeth and gums included. Teeth can shift, bite can change and teeth can fracture.
Teeth are held in place firmly by the jaw bone which contains fat cells. When a person gains weight the cells shift and the teeth in your mouth move further apart1. This shift creates more space between your teeth allowing more food to get caught between them and food stuck between your teeth can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. This damage can be permanent, even if you lose weight.
Weight gain not only changes your mouth, it can also affect any dental work you may have had done. Crowns, veneers, and fillings can develop gaps and dentures and bite guards can cease to fit properly.
Maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial to all parts of your body. So, if you plan on making weight loss or weight maintenance your resolution this year remember the effects it can have on your mouth and let it be motivation to help you keep your New Year’s resolution all year round.
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