Healthy lifestyle, healthy smile

Healthy lifestyles can prevent dental problems

You may know that practicing good oral hygiene helps you stay healthier overall, but did you know that following a healthy, active lifestyle may also positively affect your oral wellness?

Adults who are sedentary and eat poorly are significantly more likely to develop periodontal disease than those who engage in high levels of physical activity and choose a healthy diet, according to a study in the Journal of Periodontal Research. Among older adults, those who remain physically active are more likely to have a greater number of remaining teeth. Other risks to your oral health include alcohol and tobacco use. These substances can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and even oral cancer.

Instead of sitting around at home with candy or chips, take a walk and eat a proper meal. It's the right choice for your body and your teeth.

Last updated: May 2016
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