Healthy Lifestyle

Can A Healthy Lifestyle Improve My Oral Health?

As a holistic dental practice, we understand that the entire body and mind are interconnected. Your physical health can play a large role in your oral and mental health, and vice versa. Exercise and maintaining a healthy body are interrelated with maintaining proper oral health care. Living a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods, and getting regular checkups by healthcare professionals is very important, especially in modern times where stress can take its toll. Let’s explore the many ways in which exercise and a healthy lifestyle can affect your oral health. 

Exercise and Oral Health

Dental Related Illness and Exercise

Medical practitioners are just beginning to understand the links between our oral and physical health. There is still plenty of research needed on the topic, however, many recent studies support the idea that there is a correlation between oral and physical health. 

Prevent Periodontal Disease

According to a recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine, it is stated that “Periodontal disease is closely related to lifestyle-related diseases and obesity.” 

In this study, researchers looked at the exercise habits of patients with periodontal disease. They created an exercise and dietary program for a portion of the group, to measure any changes. The results showed an improvement in the periodontal pockets as well as less bacterial build up in the test group that exercised. 

Although scientists are still testing the extent to which exercise affects oral health, this test demonstrated a positive correlation between the two. There are already countless benefits to regular exercise. These include improved overall health, weight maintenance, mental health, and now, a healthy smile too. 

Maintain a Healthy Diet 

Proper Nutrition

Your teeth are greatly affected by what you put into your body. A healthy diet is part of a healthy lifestyle, and dietary changes can impact your oral health. For example, it is common knowledge that foods high in sugar contribute to cavities. Additionally, certain vitamin deficiencies, such as lack of vitamin C can cause illnesses such as scurvy, which subsequently result in tooth loss. 

However, there are many foods that can help to improve your oral health as well. Some of the key foods that can maintain and improve your oral health include: 

Calcium

Calcium can be taken as a supplement, however, it is also found in most dairy products including milk, cheese, and yogurt. These foods are often low in sugar and also contain protein. Calcium-rich products work to strengthen your jaw bone, it is a mineral that helps to keep bones healthy. This, in turn, strengthens your teeth as the jaw is able to keep your teeth securely in place. 

Jars of milk

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for absorbing both phosphorus and calcium. It is also useful in naturally decreasing inflammation, especially around the gum line.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is often found in protein-rich foods, such as fish eggs and poultry. It is important, as it plays a vital role in rebuilding tooth enamel. 

Learn more about foods that can benefit your oral health, along with other helpful tips in the article “The 7 Best Foods for your Teeth.”  

Preventative Treatment & Care

Visit your health care professionals to help prevent and detect illness early-on, before it becomes a problem. In an article by the Canadian Dental association is it noted that “Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults.”(Canadian Dental Association

Many of the illnesses that can cause oral health problems can be detected early before they become serious. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is keeping on top of any health concerns that may emerge. 

This means that it is essential to visit your doctor, dentist, and other health care professionals frequently. That is why we suggest you visit your dentist for regular, bi-annual check-ups. Your dentist will properly clean your teeth and check for cavities and abnormalities. 

Get Regular Dental Check-Ups, Visit VCCID 

Regular dental checkups are part of living a healthy lifestyle. At VCCID we are committed to our patients’ health and wellness. Our team would be happy to meet with you and discuss additional ways in which you can improve your oral health. Our holistic approach to dental care means that we take all aspects of your health into consideration. Contact us and book your appointment today. 

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening

 

We are “OPEN”

 

UPDATE May 22 2020

 

Dear patients:

 

The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 

 

The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.

 

Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.

 

For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 

 

Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.

 

We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.

 

Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 

 

The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 

 

Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID