A Healthy Smile and Healthy Body go Hand in Hand Posted on August 11, 2014 by Colleyville Dentist in Dental Office Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for your smile. Yellowing, stained teeth or bleeding gums are detrimental to your smile. Making and keeping appointments with your dental office will go a long way to help prevent the issues associated with problematic teeth. It is a proven fact that people suffering from illness associated with the immune system (i.e. diabetes) or heart disease are more likely to experience problems with their oral health as well. Having a healthy body will likely contribute to good oral health. Enjoying good oral health will likely translate into a healthy smile. Visits to your dental office twice per year will provide several benefits. Your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth providing their best appearance available. Your dentist will perform a thorough exam to allow you to enjoy the best oral health possible. Your dentist will be completing an oral cancer exam; checking for dental decay; looking for issues with your bite that can be corrected to improve your ability to eat, speak, and smile. Other things you can do for your health that can impact your smile include: Do not use tobacco in any form … even the creation of e-cigarettes is not to be considered a “healthy” substitute for smoking. Limit sugary snacks and beverages … it’s not just candy or cookies that contain sugar. Even snacks that are perceived as healthy like yogurt or “health drinks” contain sugar. Reading the label is the only way to know how much sugar you are ingesting. Drink plenty of water each day … a properly hydrated body is a healthier body. Adequate rest and daily exercise is not always achievable … each day that you can get well-rested and some physical activity in is a plus for your physical well-being. Brush daily with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel … use a soft bristle brush to help prevent premature gum recession. Floss daily … this will remove debris from between your teeth as well as stimulate your gum tissue. Follow the instructions and advice provided by your dentist … from caring for your teeth and gums to teeth whitening or straightening, your dental provider is your best asset for excellent oral health. Contact Anderson Dentistry at 817-485-2111 for more information and to schedule your next visit.