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A Healthy Smile and Healthy Body go Hand in Hand

dental exams DallasEver given any thought to the work your teeth and mouth go through every day? If you did, you would realize the importance of keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy. Dental exams every six months during your professional cleaning can help you maintain robust dental health.

It has already been proven that there are links between overall health and the status of our oral health. Individuals dealing with arthritis, diabetes or heart disease are more likely to be faced with issues like gum disease. The link appears to be the inflammation factor. But having a chronic illness does not mean you are destined to suffer from periodontal problems.

There are preventive measures we can take … there are also things done that can contribute to dental disease. Recommendations include:

DON’T smoke or use tobacco in any form. DON’T experiment with illicit drugs. DON’T consume alcohol in excess.

The list of things to DO is much longer … DO

Brush and floss daily using a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.

See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

Eat a diet that contains plenty of fresh (canned or frozen are OK) fruits and vegetables. Limit sugary snacks and beverages as the incidence of plaque build-up increases when the balance of your diet is based on processed, sugary foods.

Keep your body hydrated (water is optimum). Many drinks that claim to be healthy or for the sports minded individual can contain more sugar than recommended.

Get adequate rest daily. Lost rest is just that … you can’t make up for it.

You may not be able to get to the gym to exercise, but individuals healthy enough to walk can do just that. Take the stairs, park the car at the end of the aisle, walk the dog … you can find creative ways to get in daily exercise.

Regular visits to the dentist will remove topical stains and plaque leaving with you brightly polished teeth allowing you to look your best. But more importantly, the plaque that is removed will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums … a great smile accompanying a healthy body are an unbeatable combination.