Illinoisans remain focused on health as the new year arrives

Oral health

A new year often inspires people to reprioritize their health and well-being. But New Year’s resolutions won’t be the only reason people may be focused on their health. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has played a large role in keeping overall health at the forefront of people’s minds.

During the pandemic, we have been focused on how to avoid getting sick. The start of a new year is a great time to take this focus and use it to make a positive change in our lives. That includes continuing preventive steps to better take care of our oral and overall health.

Oral health is key to overall health

Visiting your dentist and physician for regular preventive checkups can identify issues with your health before they worsen. During a routine exam of your mouth and jaw, your dentist can potentially detect early warning signs of more than 120 diseases

Taking care of your teeth and gums can play a significant role in ensuring the health of your whole body.

Making oral health a priority

A strong oral health regimen also includes routine dental checkups. While some Illinoisans said they weren’t comfortable visiting the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority (92%) had planned to visit the dentist in 2021.

Regular dental checkups are important for both adults and children. As noted, they can help detect issues early, prevent problems from getting worse and avoid the need for more costly and complex treatments.

If you haven’t scheduled your next dental appointment, the fresh start of a new year is the perfect reminder to do so. Going to the dentist is safe. Dentists have always taken precautions to reduce the spread of infection, and they’ve taken additional steps during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect your health.