New Year Resolutions For Your Oral Health

New Year Resolutions For Your Oral Health

New Year Resolutions For Your Oral HealthAs 2016 moves into the past, the New Year brings a time for change, a chance to take stock of the past year, and an opportunity to make ourselves better by taking action to improve our quality of life. So, many of us make New Year resolutions.

But how many of these resolutions manage to see the first flowers of Spring? Part of making good resolutions is making sensible ones, and that is why dental health resolutions, which are often sensible and achievable, make very good ones. As a bonus, dental health improvements lead to improvements in general health and appearance.

So, Simply Smiles Dental would like to help you ‘sink your teeth’ into some simple New Year’s resolutions that improve our oral health and might also protect your wallet!


Mouth Bacteria May Be Linked to Migraines

mouth-bacteria-may-be-linked-to-migraines-toorak-dentistAre you suffering from headaches and migraines? You might have to blame your mouth. Though it has long been considered that certain foods trigger migraines, a new study suggests that the bacteria from the food left in the mouth may be one of the reasons causing the unbearable headaches.

According to a new research, people with migraines also had significantly larger amounts of bacteria in their mouth. This bacteria has the ability to break down nitrates found in certain foods. Nitrates, when converted to nitric oxide, widen blood vessels and help circulation.

What are Nitrates?

Nitrates are found in foods such as leafy green vegetables and processed meats as well as in certain medicines. They can be modified into “nitrites” by the bacteria in the mouth. The nitrites can be converted to nitric oxide under certain conditions.