While reading through the December 30, 2011 – January 1, 2012 issue of USA Weekend, an article entitled “New Year. New You!” suggested “high impact, low cost ways to feel great.” Since it featured the well-known fitness guru Jillian Michaels and TV’s “The Doctors” comprised of a panel of various physicians, it was a definite read for me.
Of course, the first two recommendations made perfect sense: Exercise More and (for those who smoke) Quit Smoking. The next one was wise for a number of reasons: Volunteer. And, as a Dentist, the fourth was of no surprise: Get Your Teeth Cleaned. Yet, this is still one many feel is of minimal importance to their overall health.
However, the article does remind readers that people who have their teeth cleaned lower their risk of a heart attack by 24% and stroke by 13%. This is because professional cleanings reduce bacteria that create inflammation.
Thanks, USA Weekend! Great article and the other tips are terrific, too! Let this New Year’s list be one that brings you lasting health!