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Stress, diet can be triggers to poor oral hygiene

These days I’m seeing more and more signs of stress in patients.

You know the kind of thing I mean — cracked and worn down teeth from grinding and clenching, exposed roots from brushing too hard and bleeding gums.

Many people believe that poor oral hygiene is the only way to get gum disease, but stress and diet can both be triggers, especially if you’re genetically pre-disposed.

If you are, you may be six times more likely to develop gum disease than your neighbor!

Here are some lifestyle strategies that can help improve your oral and overall health.

Drink green tea. Kyushu University researchers say that routine intake may also help promote healthy teeth and gums, possibly by interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to oral bacteria.

Meditate daily. Researchers at Charles Drew University and the University of Hawaii found that Transcendental Meditation reduced depressive symptoms an average of 48 percent in clinically depressed participants.

Drink lots of water. Loma Linda University researchers found that drinking five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day could help lower your risk of heart disease by up to 60 percent, the same as exercise, diet and not smoking.

Smile more. Researchers at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic found that optimists live longer healthier lives and numerous studies show that smiling can positively affect your body-like true happiness.

Get regular dental care. It’s a proven way to eliminate stress about your oral health!

So now that you have done all the right things for your oral health, what if your smile is just not quite as dazzling as you would like it to be.

Now is the time to do something nice for yourself — you’ve earned it!

Consider a safe, reliable cosmetic dental procedure: whitening. No matter how rigorously you follow your dental care routine, many of life’s simpler social pleasures like drinking tea, coffee and red wine will gradually stain your teeth.

Sometimes yellow is just a fact of aging or the result of using some medications.

And some people are just unlucky in the hereditary sweepstakes.

Increasing numbers of adults are improving the appearance and function of their teeth.

We often correct cracked, chipped or unevenly spaced teeth, using bonding or with veneers.

We can use crowns to repair severely damaged teeth, and bridges and implants can be natural-looking choices to energize your smile.

We want your smile to radiate the health you feel. Reward yourself…ask Sun Smile Dental about how we can help you to achieve your best smile possible: healthy, vibrant and natural!

Sun Smile Dental offers early morning and late evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules and offers 24-hour emergency care. They are located at 1582 W. San Marcos Blvd., Suite 201.

For more information about the services offered and to learn more about the Sun Smile Team, visit sunsmiledental.com or call (760) 744-1300.

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