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Simple New Year's resolutions can improve dental care
Updated: 1/4/2010 7:00:22 PM

Simple New Year Many Americans use the New Year as a benchmark for a fresh start, and one Indiana dentist believes dental care to be an area deserving of a resolution for the majority of the nation's adults and children.

According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association, about 75 percent of Americans have developed various forms of gum disease and don't even know it.

Dr Arwinder Judge, a dentist in Richmond, Indiana, wrote in the Palladium-Item that a dedication to simple dental health routines can help stave off these oral diseases and their harmful side-effects in 2010.

She warns that periodontal disease, which infects the gum tissues surrounding teeth, is closely associated with an increased risk of strokes, heart disease, pre-term births and pneumonia.

However, Judge says, people can minimize their risk by "following good oral hygiene steps and visiting the dentist twice a year for exams and cleanings."

Other resolutions which could improve dental health include bushing at least twice a day, flossing once daily, limiting the intake of sugary beverages, eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking fluorine-infused water.

The American Dental Association endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay.

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