Whether you aspire to lose weight, eat a more nutritious diet, or achieve a higher overall level of health, you will achieve better results with a commitment to caring for your teeth and gums. A fresh outlook and twice-yearly dental cleanings in our office ensures a happier, healthy chapter in your life. Waco, TX general dentist Dr. Corbet Locke, an advocate for prevention, explains the connection between your mind, body, and mouth.

Physical Fitness Gives You Something to Smile About

While many people know that physical fitness reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer, few understand the link between fitness and oral health. The Journal of Dentistry reports that physically active individuals face a reduced risk of developing periodontitis, an advanced form of gingivitis that results in loss of teeth, gum tissue, and bone. Regular physical activity also aids digestion, which allows your body to absorb and distribute nutrients more efficiently. As a result, your teeth and jawbone stay strong and dense.

Changing Your Diet? Read This First!

Fad diets come and go, but your body’s need for essential vitamins and nutrients is non-negotiable. Be wary of any diet that eliminates an entire food group, as these often result in mineral deficiencies. For example, eliminating dairy products altogether deprives your teeth and jaw of calcium and vitamin D, leaving you more vulnerable to tooth decay. Look for healthier alternatives. Instead of cutting out all dairy, consider limiting yourself to products containing reduced-fat or skim milk. You can still enjoy calcium-rich yogurt and cheese.

Now, About Those Sports and Energy Drinks

Many people rely on energy drinks to get through the day, not realizing that the amount of sugar in these beverages often equals or exceeds that in sodas. In fact, multiple studies have revealed that the amount of acid found in energy drinks wears away at your tooth enamel after only five consecutive days of use. Teeth fare no better when exposed to sugary sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade. Athletes and those who perform high-intensity workouts over an extended period benefit from the hydrating effects of sports drinks, but most individuals should limit themselves to drinking water. If you do consume sports or energy drinks, rinse your mouth with water immediately afterward. Wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth, as brushing sooner may cause further damage to your acid-weakened tooth enamel.

Ready to make a change? Since 1986, Dr. Corbet Locke has proudly served residents of Waco, Hewitt, Woodway, McGregor, and the surrounding areas. An active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, he understands the impact of patients’ oral health on the way they look and feel. To schedule an appointment or discuss cosmetic smile-enhancing services, please call our office at 254-776-4888.