There is no need to wait until New Years to resolve to improve your health and lifestyle
St.Louis, MO (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) launches its inaugural Campaign for Healthier Holidays just two days after one of the most hectic shopping days of the year. AAOSH hopes individuals will take time to reflect on their overall health. This year’s campaign focuses public attention on the role proper oral health plays in disease prevention and wellness.
“There is no need to wait until New Years to resolve to improve your health and lifestyle,” says AAOSH President Dr. Sindelar. “Wellness Wednesday is a great time to start the journey to a happier, healthier, more fit you.”
AAOSH offers the following simple Wednesday Wellness recommendations.
1. Ask a dentist for an advanced DNA saliva test. Understanding predispositions for disease can help tailor an action plan for a healthier life. In addition, DNA screening can uncover bacterial issues that can be treated to prevent gum disease and inflammation.
2. Rinse often. Rinsing with at-home oral rinses is the third-front in the fight against gum disease.
3. Eating a high fiber diet is good for both digestion and oral hygiene.
4. Eat foods high in antioxidants. These foods help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and prevent disease.
5. Regular exercise is good for the body, spirit and mouth. Get plenty of it.
6. Xylitol is a sweat treat for combating oral bacteria. This sweetener found in many sugar free gums acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent.
7. Get some sleep. An exhausted body is more prone to disease and infection.
Wellness Wednesday will occur every year on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving as a way to rally the public to increased awareness of the importance of health and wellness. The focus on oral health was a natural starting point for AAOSH. An alarming 80 percent of the population has some form of gum disease, yet 90 percent of it goes untreated, although it has a key role in many diseases and conditions.
“The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but they are killing us!” says Dr. Sindelar. “By the time the holidays are over, many of us are stressed out, sleep deprived, tired and inactive, and overweight. Even worse, there are some spikes in some of our biggest health problems, such as heart attacks, debilitating strokes, and complications from diabetes. It’s a crazy time of the year that leads to overeating, not enough sleep, being stressed out, grinding teeth, and a lack of taking care of ourselves.”
As with all such campaigns, AAOSH hopes that public awareness will lead to timely diagnosis of life threatening disease. Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, oral health conditions that lead to these diseases can now be identified and treated.
“AAOSH is committed to raising awareness and bringing all sides of healthcare together to address our looming healthcare crisis,” continued Dr. Sindelar. “We encourage everyone to make an appointment with their dentist today, Wellness Wednesday.”
The American Academy for Oral Systemic Health is an organization of health care leaders and health professionals dedicated to the relationship of oral health and whole body health. AAOSH membership includes and is open to health professionals from many allied health disciplines, corporate supporters and sponsors, health educators, and healthcare leaders. Understanding the emerging science-driven relationships between the mouth and the body, AAOSH promotes building closer ties between allied health professionals and improving interdisciplinary communication and professional referral relationships.