The holidays have come and gone, which means now is the time to clean out and reorganize for good dental and overall health. Portland dentists Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental encourage patients to redirect their dental habits for the new year.
During the holidays, it’s easy to get off track. We are surrounded by excess – spending too much, eating too much, and doing too much. Now that we’re into the new year, take some time to detox from the holidays for healthy teeth!
Drink for Good Health
The word “detox” may conjure up crazy ideas for juices or complicated diets. Really, detoxing your body means to simply give it a break from excess.
To start the detox process, drink a lot of water throughout the day. There are times when we feel hungry, but it’s really a sign that we have let our thirst go on too long. Drinking a large glass of water and then waiting can help you decide if you are really physically hungry or if your body and brain needed hydration.
Water is involved in everything our bodies do, so drinking it is important. It can, however, start to taste plain or bland. Skip the soda or fruit juice and add fresh fruits like lemon or lime to your water. Sliced cucumbers or mixed berries can also add a natural lift!
Eat for Good Health
We’ve all heard it a million times, but eating for good health is important for dental health. Give your body a break from holiday overeating by simply scaling back what you eat. It’s easy to get in the habit of eating a dessert every day or constantly snacking.
Instead of trying to overhaul your entire diet, try simple steps. Along with drinking a lot of water, limit your sugar intake by cutting out sweets and alcohol from your diet. Focus instead on eating protein and fiber, both of which help you to feel full longer. One easy way to do this is to skip processed foods and opt for all-natural snacks, like fruits and vegetables. After a few days of avoiding sugar, these natural options will taste better than ever.
Keep Appointments for Good Health
If you don’t know where you are, then you can’t know where you are going. For the new year, make an appointment with your doctor and with the dentist. This will help establish a baseline for your overall health and for your dental health. Partnering with your healthcare providers can keep you motivated while you transition from holiday excess to giving your body a break through this time of detox.
Dentists in Portland Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow and their team at Mt. Tabor Dental are excited to partner with you for good dental health. Call 503-236-1449 to schedule your appointment!