Make Sure Your Healthy Lifestyle Includes Oral Health

In Colorado, we’ve got a lot to be proud of in terms of our overall healthy lifestyle choices. After all, we have the lowest obesity rate in the country (though at 21.3%, that could still use some improvement). We tend to get outside and get active on a regular basis.

But if we’re not taking care of our oral health, we’re not really taking full care of our health.

Why Oral Health Matters

Obesity is a health problem with numerous consequences, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. By maintaining a healthy body weight, people can avoid some of these consequences, if they also avoid gum disease.

Because gum disease is another problem that can increase your risk of many systemic health problems. Gum disease increases your risk of heart disease. It also makes diabetes harder to control. And if can contribute to kidney disease.

So maintaining oral health is about more than just protecting your pearly whites.

Lifestyle Choices That Favor Oral Health

So now the next question is: how to incorporate oral health into your otherwise healthy lifestyle. The good news is that you’re probably halfway there. Maintaining a healthy weight probably means that you have cut down on excess sugars and acidic sodas. You probably have fewer snacks between meals, too. And you’re probably not a smoker, which is as bad for your teeth as it is for your heart.

dreamstime_s_38877284Here are a few things you might not be doing:

  • Don’t work out too hard: exercising too much can lead to poor oral health because it acidifies and reduces saliva, not to mention the use of sports drinks and energy bars in your workout.
  • Vegetarian diet mods: Vegetarianism can be good for your gums, but bad for your teeth. Make sure you’re getting enough nutrition for your teeth, and use a fluoride toothpaste. If you’re avoiding it because of animal products, find a vegan formula.
  • Visit the dentist regularly: Some healthy people don’t go to the doctor or dentist as often as they should. Preventive general dentistry is very important to maintaining oral health, and you may not know there’s a problem until it’s well on its way.

And it’s worth noting that visiting the dentist might decrease your obesity risk.

Make Oral Health Your Next Goal

If you’ve met your other health goals, it’s time to make a new one: a commitment to oral health. And there’s no better way to start your commitment than with a visit to the dentist. For an appointment at Park Meadows Dental Care in the south Denver area, please call 303-759-5652 today.