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Healthy Habits And Their Impact On Oral Health

October 05, 2022
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Whether it’s oral health, food, or exercise, it all comes down to good or poor habits. In this article, we want to share the impact of healthy practices and dental health.

Drinking Water

Drinking water can improve our dental health.

Benefits of Water:


Fluoridated water is “nature’s cavity fighter” and can help prevent cavities. Fluoride is a substance that strengthens teeth in water.

Body hydrated, dry mouth prevented

Low saliva causes dry mouth and increases tooth decay risk, requiring routine cleanings and fillings. Lack of saliva also makes swallowing and chewing difficult.

Water helps prevent dry mouth and boosts saliva production. Water hydrates your body, which is crucial for overall health.

Excellent for removing bacteria and dirt

Water cleans the mouth by removing food and debris that cavity-causing germs enjoy.

Cavity-causing bacteria love sugar and create acid that erodes tooth enamel. It dilutes mouth bacteria acids.


Water has zero calories or sugar, making it healthful. Even ‘healthy’ drinks like fruit juices or flavored waters include sugar, so drink water to protect your teeth from acid assaults.

Healthy Balanced Diet And Vitamin Supplements

Why does a balanced, healthy diet support oral health

Eating from all food categories helps healthy teeth and gums. Speak to your dentist, physician, or registered dietician to help create a balanced diet that is suitable for your health. Generally speaking, a diet full of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, grains, and dairy promotes supports oral health and overall health.

Which food items should one consume to support healthy teeth and oral health, and why do these food items have such an impact

Oral health foods

Low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified soymilk encourage healthy teeth and bones. Tofu, salmon, almonds, broccoli, and other dark green leafy vegetables are further calcium sources.

Phosphorus is present in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts, and beans.

Vitamin D helps oral health, particularly gum health. It may increase the body’s antimicrobial defenses, preserve healthy gum tissue, and reduce gum inflammation.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for healthy gums and oral tissue. Vitamin C insufficiency causes gum disease and tooth loss. Citrus and dark veggies have the most.

Omega-3 fats promote gum health and may lessen periodontitis symptoms.

Low in sugar and high in fiber, magnesium is good for teeth.

Probiotics increase nitrite-reducing mouth bacteria. Nitric oxide benefits your tongue and heart.

Note: Consult your doctor and dentist before changing your diet or adding supplements.

Exercise, Meditation, and Yoga

The Effects of Stress on teeth and oral health

Stress drives our brains to seek comfort foods or create bad habits like drinking and smoking when our immune system is compromised. These practices harm oral health.

Stress causes these oral health risks:


Teeth grinding is a frequent stress response. Most individuals don’t realize they grind their teeth at night. Teeth grinding causes damaged or loose teeth, sensitivity, tongue indentations, and temple discomfort.

Unhygienic teeth

When stressed, self-care becomes less critical, and carb-, sugar-, and caffeine-rich meals are comforting. An unbalanced diet and poor dental hygiene can promote plaque, caries, and tooth loss.


Saliva cleans teeth, remineralizes enamel, and fights germs. Stress reduces saliva production, which increases plaque accumulation and dental problems. Alcohol and cigarette usage can cause dry mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Jaws Clamped

Muscle tension helps prevent damage and discomfort, but persistent stress can induce TMJ. It causes jaw and ear discomfort.

What is the connection between exercise, meditation/yoga, and oral health?

Sports and fitness benefit teeth by:

  • Less periodontitis – Periodontitis is dangerous gum disease. Regular exercise reduces gum disease risk by 54%.
  • Diet matters – Low-sugar diets lower tooth decay risk.
  • Better routines –  Developing healthy behaviors lowers stress levels and encourages individuals to take control and responsibility for their health.
  • An integrated body – Exercise improves cardiorespiratory health. Your body is a single, interconnected system. Keeping in shape will naturally benefit dental health.
  • Workouts minimize inflammation – 20 minutes of exercise might enhance your body’s inflammatory response. It can decrease blood pressure, diabetes, and other risks.
  • How does implementing exercise, yoga, and meditation help oral health? Reducing BMI and obesity risk reduces periodontal disease risk. These practices help to lower stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are known to contribute to bruxism and unhealthy habits—for example, nail-biting, which can invite germs and cause inflammation.


Visit your dentist regularly; it is all about prevention and early detection. Dentists are able to recognize and treat problems early before they progress. In addition, your dentist will check for oral cancer at every checkup. A dental visit might save your life. Want to learn more? Contact Ashraf Dentistry today!

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