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The Happy Tooth
A Triangle for Health
Turning 40 was the first time I really felt my age. Your body experiences a lot of changes in your 40s that no one warns you about! I would like to think I’ve been a reasonably fit person throughout my life, but after I turned 40, I decided to take my fitness seriously and start going to the gym. To be honest, I really didn’t want to, but I’m so glad I’ve stuck with it. I feel a lot stronger and healthier today! That being said, I know I have room for improvement. For example, I don’t know how to create an effective workout routine. I’ve done research online, but between the blogs, Instagram posts, and YouTube videos, there is so much information that I couldn’t find a straight answer. This is why I decided to hire a personal trainer to help me once a week. Tracey has taught me that fitness is built on a triangle of consistency, hard work, and knowledge. It occurred to me that these are the same foundations of oral health! Consistency In fitness, you have to be consistent if you want to see improvement. Working out “here or there” when you have time isn’t going to help your health. You need to have a regular workout routine that you stick to in order to see improvement. Your dental health is the same way. If you’re not brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and making those regular dental appointments, you aren’t able to build a strong foundation. Additionally, in both fitness and dentistry, it’s okay if you fall off the wagon now and then. Some mornings you need to sleep in and miss a workout, or maybe you’re too tired in the evening to floss and instead go straight to bed. Falling off the wagon isn’t the end of the world as long as you get back on the next day. Hard Work It’s not enough to just show up at the gym three times a week; I actually need to work hard while I’m there. Not every work out needs to drain all my energy, but if I’m always taking it easy, I’m not going getting stronger. Likewise, What Do Fitness and Dentistry Have in Common?
if you’re only brushing your teeth for 10 seconds each night, you aren’t really cleaning your teeth. You need to be brushing for at least two minutes each session to fully clean your teeth. Knowledge This is the reason I needed to hire a personal trainer. I knew working out was important, and I established a habit of regular workouts, but there was so much I didn’t know. Tracey has been able to teach me how to work out more effectively, what I need to eat afterward to get the right nutrients, and how to prevent injury while working out. She’s also taught me how to incorporate cardio and flexibility training into my workouts. I hate cardio, but I know it’s important, and thanks to Tracy, I’m now doing 10–15 minutes of cardio before my weight training. Dentists and dental hygienists are also responsible for sharing valuable knowledge with our patients. We aren’t here to lecture patients when they don’t floss; instead, we offer advice. Our hygienists run a dental wellness program and are able to share knowledge with patients on how to create a better home routine to keep up with their oral health. There were a lot of things I wasn’t prepared for when I turned 40, but that was a wake-up call for me to get serious about my health. Tracey has been able to help me go a long way in doing that, and I’m glad that myself and my team can do the same for our patients when it comes to their oral health.
–Dr. Justene Doan
August 2019 Edition
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