Treat Yourself to a Happy, Healthy New Year

For millions of people across the globe, New Year’s ignites our resolve to make this the year we get healthy, make better decisions, and spend more time doing things we enjoy with the people we love. Though New Year’s resolutions are rooted in noble intentions, many of us bump into challenges when trying to stick to them for the next 364 days of the year (we know, we’ve been there!).

So how can you succeed at becoming a better version of yourself in 2020 and this new decade? While we’ll leave the daily details of long-term lifestyle changes up to you, we will share one practical way to take advantage of this sense of new beginnings: focus on one-time actions that offer immediate benefits. Though they only require a simple step, many one-time actions, like setting up a 401(k), can bring you tangible benefits for weeks, months, and even years with little to no additional effort.

No matter what your goals are for 2020, here are 5 ways we can help you make one-time actions that elevate your physical, mental, and social well-being well into this new year and decade.

1. Enjoy a better night’s sleep with snoring treatment.

Like good hydration and nutrition, regularly getting a good night’s sleep can elevate your quality of life and daily experience. By giving your body the time it needs for rest and rejuvenation, a good night’s sleep can help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your mood, hone your mental acuity, and lower your risk for serious health problems, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Snoring and sleep apnea can rob you of the restorative sleep you need to look, feel, think, and perform your best day after day, which can stand in the way of your short-term goals and long-term dreams. The good news is that snoring and sleep apnea can often be treated with a simple oral appliance from Dr. Sexton. Once you’ve taken the one-time action of making your snoring consultation, all you have to do is follow Dr. Sexton’s diagnostic lead. If your test results show that oral appliance therapy is right for you, Dr. Sexton will provide you with a customized appliance to help you achieve a better night’s sleep with long-lasting symptom relief.

2. Get peace of mind with an oral cancer screening.

Every year, over 51,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer of the mouth (oral cancer) and throat (pharyngeal cancer). As with all types of cancer, early detection is key for successful treatment and improved survival rates. While the overall survival rate for oral and pharyngeal cancers is 65%, the survival rate leaps to 85% in patients who are diagnosed before the cancer spreads to surrounding organs or tissues.

As symptoms are often mild to non-existent, oral and pharyngeal cancers are hard for individuals to detect on their own—but not for Dr. Sexton’s trained eye. As the primary healthcare provider for your mouth, Dr. Sexton uses a personalized approach and modern dental technology to screen for cancer in its earliest stages, even catching cell abnormalities before they’re even considered cancerous. Receiving this life-saving screening, which is usually conducted during a routine exam and cleaning, is as simple as scheduling your next dental appointment.

3. Find relief from TMJ pain.

From migraine headaches to facial pain, the symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) can stand in the way of your ability to be your best self every day. TMD can be triggered by multiple factors, including a misaligned bite (malocclusion) and stress. TMD is the most common source of non-dental chronic facial pain and affects twice as many women (especially of childbearing age) than men.

Just like snoring treatment (#1), relief from TMJ issues can be as simple as talking to Dr. Sexton about oral appliance therapy. With simple treatment options such as NTI and bite splints, Dr. Sexton can help you find long-lasting relief from troublesome TMJ symptoms, so you can focus more on what matters to you instead.

4. Say goodbye to gum disease.

Alongside firmly holding your teeth in place, healthy gums contribute to your overall well-being by preventing harmful oral bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, some health conditions, and pregnancy can compromise your gum health and, if left untreated, advance into periodontal (gum) disease. The leading cause of adult tooth loss, periodontal disease has also been associated with serious health complications, including stroke, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and preterm delivery with low birth weight.

If your mouth and gums are showing signs of distress—such as redness, swelling, bad breath, or bleeding with brushing and flossing—Dr. Sexton can help you reclaim your oral health, prevent tooth loss, and experience better overall health with in-office perio therapy.

5. Put the sparkle back into your smile.

Despite good oral hygiene habits, teeth can become dull and discolored from dark foods and beverages, smoking, and as a natural part of aging. Though these stains don’t necessarily mean you have oral health issues, feeling unhappy with your smile’s appearance can impact your well-being in other ways. For instance, if you aren’t sharing your smile because of discoloration and stains, you may be missing out on the emotional and social benefits your smile brings, like confident communication, social connections, and a natural mood boost.

Achieving a smile you’re happy to share may be faster and easier than you think. With Zoom! professional whitening, you can create a dramatically whiter, brighter, and more youthful smile in a single dental visit. And if you’d rather whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home, you can improve the shade of your smile with a Zoom! take-home whitening kit in as little as a weekend.

For all you hope to accomplish and experience in 2020, Dr. Sexton and his entire dental team are here to support your best smile, oral health, and total well-being. To enjoy the far-reaching benefits of a timely dental visit, contact our office to schedule your next appointment today.

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