New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and for many people, it can’t come fast enough! 2020 has been a challenging year for most of us as we adapt to a new normal during a global pandemic.
Historically, New Year’s resolutions began during the time of the ancient Babylonians, around 4,000 years ago where they held the first recorded celebrations honoring the new year (mid-March when they planted crops). They crowned their new king or renewed loyalty to their current king, making promises to their gods to pay their debts and give back any objects they had borrowed in return for the gods bestowing favor on them in the coming year.
In 153 B.C., the Roman Senate declared that January 1st would signal the start of the new year, honoring the god Janus, who, with his two faces, could look forward and backward at the same time. This symbolized the end of the previous year and the start of the new year ahead (made official more than 100 years later under Julius Caesar).
As is the custom, New Year’s resolutions are made with a promise or goal to improve ourselves after reflecting on the past year. What is your New Year’s resolution? Donating time or money to a charity? Becoming more mindful? Making wellness your priority in 2021?
Whatever your goals, we invite you to consider your dental health as it affects your overall health, as a healthy smile helps lessen the risk of disease. 90% of all diseases involving the organs or the whole body show up in the mouth, with swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Gum disease is linked to stroke, heart disease and higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
We encourage you to include your smile in your New Year’s resolutions so that your overall health prospers. As the new year arrives, our dental family wishes you and your loved ones a Happy New Year, filled with hope for a better 2021!