Health + Fitness

Five Ways To A Healthy Smile

Your smile is important. It speaks volumes about your confidence and even your mood. If your teeth aren’t healthy, or you have missing or failing teeth, it can make it difficult for you to smile very often. That’s why dental care should be a top priority, but also for your health.

Problems in your mouth can show signs that you have other health issues, plus they can cause other health issues. In fact, there are even links to heart disease and dental issues. If you want good health you need to take care of your teeth, and they may even tell you when something is wrong internally.

Go To The Dentist

A regular visit to the dentist not only supports the people that work in your dentist’s office, but it also supports your own health, internally and externally. Regular dental checkups can help detect cavities early and it can even help with finding other health issues. In fact, even some medications can affect the health of your teeth, and knowing that something is going on in your mouth can get you to your general doctor faster for a change in medications before you’ve lost teeth.

Brush More Than Once A Day

You should be brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day. That’s the minimum, once when you get up in the morning and once before you go to bed at night. You can brush more often, such as after eating meals, since this will give you a better chance at avoiding cavities and plaque build up on your teeth.

Always Floss

Floss daily so that you loosen and remove the food particles that get stuck between your teeth. This will help with cavity prevention and gum health. Stuck food particles can do more than cause cavities, they can also cause pain and inflammation in your gums.

Watch What You Eat

If you eat a lot of foods packed with refined sugars you could be damaging your teeth as the sugar eats away at your enamel. Other acidic foods, even healthy ones like tomatoes, can eat away your enamel. It’s important to wait a little while before brushing your teeth after eating such foods.

Make sure you get vitamin D and calcium, which work together, and help to strengthen all of the bones in your body, including your teeth.

Drop Those Bad Habits

Some of your bad habits could also be damaging the health of your mouth. Smoking and chewing tobacco can both stain your teeth and increase your risk of cancer. Some street drugs can break down your teeth and cause tooth loss. If you treat your body healthy your teeth will be more likely to be healthy as well!

Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and comtemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.

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