Consider: Additional Factors That Affect Your Smile

Jun 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Nutrition, Oral Health

Of course, you know that to keep your smile healthy, you should brush your teeth, floss your smile, come in for your dental checkups and cleanings, and make wise choices with how much pressure you place on your smile. However, you may find yourself wondering if there are any additional factors that affect your oral health and if you should be doing anything about them. Of course, the answer is: Yes and yes! Worried that you may have been overlooking some very important stuff over the years? Don’t be! You’re likely on track (but we will be happy to help you out with a few reminders to consider).

Think About Your Nutrition

Remember that if your general health is in bad shape, your smile won’t be able to remain healthy. Just like you need to eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals to keep your entire body strong, the same is true for your smile. So, remember to fill up on whole foods and to make sure you’re doing the following:

  • Choosing dairy, when possible, which is healthy for teeth and full of calcium
  • Reaching for nature’s foods, like nuts, veggies, and fruits
  • Getting enough protein
  • Avoiding refined carbs and sugars to prevent decay

Remember, Underlying Disease Plays A Role

Don’t overlook the fact that underlying diseases can negatively affect your oral health. While it’s important to see us every six months, it’s just as important you see your general practitioner to keep yourself healthy, too.

When You’re Hydrated, Your Smile Is Hydrated

To avoid problems like dry mouth, remember that your body needs a lot of water (around 64 ounces a day). It helps your body function and keeping your mouth moist protects your oral health.

Keep Yourself Healthy, So Your Smile Benefits

Remember that keeping your wellbeing in check bodes well for your oral health. If you have questions, just ask! Schedule an appointment today with Hilltop Family Dental by calling (510) 758-7222. We are proud to serve patients from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more.


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