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Top Tips For A Healthy New Year

January 08, 2023
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Cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening and veneers have become quite popular over the years, not just for their aesthetic values but also for their health benefits. The beginning of the New Year, 2023, is an excellent time to start a healthy routine to improve your overall well-being, including dental health. You can include some tips in your life to have a holistic approach to improving your health.

Go for a dental checkup and routine dental cleaning

Your everyday oral habits greatly influence your general dental health. It is recommended to follow the primary three steps brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and rinsing; you can also add a gentle tongue cleaning. These vital steps should form part of your daily oral hygiene regime. Even if you maintain your oral hygiene diligently, it is critical to visit a dentist on a regular basis, at least two times a year. Regular dental cleanings and fillings will not only make your teeth healthy but beautiful as well. You can also ask your dentist to recommend good oral hygiene products like mouthwash. Regularly visiting a dentist will help you identify oral issues like cavities and gingivitis.

Maintain a healthy diet

A healthy diet filled with vitamins and other nutrients is vital for the overall health of your body, including your dental health. Foods rich in calcium, phosphorous, vitamin C, and vitamin D are great for maintaining your teeth and keeping gums healthy and strong. A deficiency of these vitamins can lead to tooth and gum issues. Include foods in your diet like bananas, melons, lettuce, milk, cucumbers, poultry, seafood, pasta, and eggs that are tooth-friendly. Drink water after each meal to wash away sticky foods and keep your mouth hydrated. It is better to limit starchy, sugary, and acidic foods like soda, candy, tomatoes, pickles, pineapples, plums, coffee, and tea in your diet, as these can cause your teeth to decay.

Improve your stress levels

Excessive and chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body’s health. Your oral health can also suffer significantly from extreme anxiety. It can lead to issues like bruxism, TMD, canker sores, cold sores, dry mouth, and even poor oral hygiene habits.

Reducing stress will improve overall dental health by boosting immune function, reducing muscle tension, causing less inflammation, and making it easier to concentrate on maintaining and caring for oral health. You can even reduce the frequency of dental cleanings and fillings by having a proper oral regime. Consult your dentist for medication and a night guard for issues like sores and TMD.

You can reduce stress through several methods, including:

  • Do meditation and yoga to calm your mind.
  • Invest in a new hobby that can take your mind off stressful things.
  • Take adequate restful sleep and consult a doctor if you face sleep issues.
  • Identify the triggers that cause excessive stress and try out methods to approach such situations differently.
  • Take the help of an experienced professional whenever required.

Move your body

Your overall oral health can be boosted through regular exercise. A regular exercise routine will help you reduce your BMI and obesity risk, which will lower the chances of periodontal disease. Being active can also reduce stress and increase salivation. It also aids in improving your posture, lowering the chances of issues like TMD. Aerobic exercises like walking, jogging, and similar light exercises are good, especially for beginners. You can also use apps to help you find an exercise routine that suits your needs.

Smile more!

Smiling releases endorphins and cortisol. These hormones not only boost our mood but provide numerous health benefits, including:

  • smiling boosts the immune system
  • lowers blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • boosts endurance
  • reduces stress and anxiety
  • reduces pain
  • improves your life and relationships

There are several ways you can smile more. Practice smiling by looking in a mirror. Start your day doing things you enjoy and being active. Try finding joy in simple things, be grateful for everything good in your life, and develop a positive attitude. Visit a dentist regularly for cleanings and fillings to make your smile beautiful. Also, use cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening to improve your confidence while you smile.

Smiling does wonders for your mental health. It reduces anxiety and stress by producing endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, which will elevate your mood. It is also helpful in combating mental issues like depression.


Oral health is essential for the overall well-being of a person. It is a multipronged process that includes visits to dentists, eating healthy, exercising, and being stress-free. You can also use cosmetic dentistry procedures like dental bonding and teeth whitening to increase your confidence and improve your new year’s smile.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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