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Our dentist, Dr. Daniel Baird, encourages you to care for your smile regularly. When you hear this, you most likely think you just need to keep up on oral hygiene and attend your dental checkups regularly. While that’s a great first step, you also need to have a healthy lifestyle. This means you should exercise regularly and have a healthy and balanced diet. Having a healthy lifestyle can help your teeth and gums more than you might realize. In fact, it can:

-Prevent teeth grinding habits: Exercise can help relieve stress. When you’re stressed, you have a natural tendency to clench your jaw and grind your teeth. The more you exercise, less stress you can have, which can help you protect your smile and prevent teeth grinding habits.

-Keep your teeth healthy and strong: Certain foods and drinks can help you have stronger teeth and healthier gums. When you have a healthy and balanced diet, you typically eat the foods and drink the drinks your smile needs. Some of those products include milk, cheese, yogurt, fruits and vegetables.

-Help you prevent tooth loss: Gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer are all serious and dangerous dental problems that can cause tooth loss as well as many other dental and even health issues. When you have a healthy lifestyle free of smoking, tobacco use and alcohol use, you reduce your chances of falling victim to these dental issues.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to have a healthy lifestyle, please reach out to our dental team at Alpine Meadows Family Dental by dialing 801-492-9207. We are happy to tell you all about smile care in Lehi, Utah, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the answers and information you need!