Ways Your Lifestyle and Eating Habits Can Impact Your Oral Health
Last year, much of our lives were changed drastically. Many jobs became remote positions, or were terminated, schools became virtual, and even our office was closed for some time. This greatly affected the health of many of our patients. Healthy habits such as going to the gym, eating the right foods, and oral health care may have been lacking for those who had a difficult time with the pandemic. Even though our lives are returning to normal, getting back into healthy habits can be difficult. We wanted to stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums.
We all know the impact that proper oral hygiene can have on your oral health. Brushing thoroughly, using dental floss, and avoiding sugar are discussions that you have most likely been hearing since your youth. We wanted to share some additional health tips that can benefit your oral health:
Get Enough Sleep
There is a relationship between the amount of sleep that you get each night and your likelihood of developing gum disease. A lack of sleep can increase the levels of inflammation in your gums, one of the main signs of gum disease.
You might be wondering how exercise can help your oral health. We all know the benefits that exercise can have on your overall health, but it can help your gum health. Routine exercise can help decrease your chance of developing gum disease. Exercise also helps those who suffer from high stress. Patients with high stress have a tendency to grind their teeth.
Foods high in valuable nutrients such as fruits and vegetables, can be beneficial to your health. We also recommend eating foods that are high in calcium and protein such as cheese, yogurt, meat, poultry, and fish.
One of the best ways to care for your teeth is to regularly visit our office for routine hygiene examinations and cleanings. We evaluate the state of your oral health at these appointments and determine if your lifestyle or eating habits are causing harm to your teeth and gums. If you have not visited our office located in Denton, MD within the last six months, we recommend scheduling an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!