SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- While many Americans may have made New Year's resolutions to watch the foods they put in their mouths, some have become increasingly concerned with the mouth itself. In a recent article from The Austin Daily Herald, dentist Dr. Travis Schmitt urges all people to consider protecting their teeth as a New Year's resolution. Schmitt states, "Brush your teeth and gums. Floss. Improve your diet. Visit your regular dentist. These simple behaviors work!" Minnesota-based dental professional, Dr. Keith Ostrosky shares a similar sentiment, but notes that adopting better dental hygiene for the New Year involves taking a comprehensive look at the nature of oral health.
As an example, Dr. Keith Ostrosky encourages those adopting better dental habits this year to look at oral health with positivity. Specifically, Ostrosky refers to the article's mention of how great the improvements in dental health have become in recent history—no longer do people have to face the fear of losing their teeth to old age. Dr. Keith Ostrosky explains, "Losing your teeth is not inevitable, it is a choice! All it takes is consistent, proper oral hygiene. I cannot say how many times I have heard, 'I am going to lose my teeth, because my parents did.' This kind of assumption is simply not true. In fact, getting rid of gingivitis and periodontal disease can actually add six to seven years to your life."
While a longer life may be reason enough to pursue better oral hygiene, the article also notes that seeking regular care can detect and prevent other medical problems from worsening. Dr. Schmitt explains, "Dentists are a critical part of a patient's healthcare team, in that they are often the first ones to detect changes in a patient's oral condition that can signify overall health problems. People with diabetes, for instance, have a greater chance of developing gum disease, at a rate three to four times higher than people without diabetes. And, untreated, gum disease can lead to a breakdown of gum tissue and bone that may eventually result in teeth becoming loose or falling out. The good news is that your dentist may detect early stages of gum disease during regular exams and treatments are available to help stop the progression."
Taking a look at just a few of these preventative benefits of regular oral hygiene, Dr. Keith Ostrosky concludes, "Adopting a better attitude towards oral care is important to preserving overall well-being, much in the same way that a person approaches 2013 with goals to optimize health through weight loss efforts."
Dr. Keith Ostrosky, D.D.S., P.A. is a dental professional who has spent more than two decades as a trusted leader in his chosen field. As a general dentist and surgeon who obtained his education at the the University of Minnesota Dental School, Dr. Ostrosky remains committed to promoting oral health. He is an award-winning professional who has become recognized in the operative dental community for his advanced training in endodontics and oral surgery. Today, Keith serves the community of St. Paul, Minnesota, as the primary dentist and founder of Ostrosky Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
SOURCE Dr. Keith Ostrosky