How the sun can be great for your smile

by MikeMeehan 7/5/2018 9:00 AM

Going outside to bask in the sun isn’t just fun – it also provides a healthy dose of vitamin D! That’s good for both your overall health and your oral health. Calcium is often praised for its many health benefits like strengthening bones and teeth, but your body won’t experience those benefits if it doesn’t have enough vitamin D to absorb the calcium. Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D helps reduce bone loss over time and may also decrease your chances of losing teeth. On the flip side, not getting enough calcium could increase your risk for osteoporosis. Developing osteoporosis can cause the jaw to weaken, leading to possible tooth loss.  So how do you make sure your body gets the vitamin D it needs? UVB rays from sunlight and vitamin D supplements are the main sources, but they aren’t the only ones. Some foods naturally contain vitamin D like cheese, egg yolks, beef liver and fatty fish (tuna, mackerel and salmon). Because natural foods rich in vitamin D are somewhat limited, manufacturers sometimes fortify products like milk, margarine and yogurt. The amount of vitamin D you absorb from the sun varies significantly based on factors like where you live, air quality, skin color and more. Additionally, the amount you need largely depends on your age. Check with your physician to determine if you’re getting enough or if you should take a supplement. For the sake of your smile, get outside and enjoy the sun! Just make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF 30+ rating to protect your skin and lips from sunburn.  

Exercise: The Path to Your Fountain of Youth

by Jason 9/9/2014 8:30 AM

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You’re as young as you feel?” If you find yourself feeling your age, it might be time to get active! Starting and maintaining an active schedule can contribute to healthier bones, a healthier body and a healthier smile. Healthier Bones    Your bones are more important than you might think. Not only do they structurally support your body, but they also keep your internal organs safe and store necessary minerals, among other functions. As you age, osteoporosis becomes a greater threat than it was in your younger years. The condition causes bones to become increasingly porous, weak and brittle, which can put you at greater risk for a fracture. Luckily, exercise done properly can help rebuild bone. Healthier Body The hype is real. Exercising truly does help your body function properly. In addition to helping you feel better, regular activity can help protect you from developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Healthier Smile Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for obesity, a disease known to cause dental health problems. In addition, physical activity may decrease your chances of having gum disease. Follow these three tips for starting your new exercise routine:  Visit a doctor. The first step to a successful exercise routine is getting the okay from your doctor. Start slow. Find a walking buddy and do one lap around the local track. Slowly increase your distance, as your body gets stronger. And, walk on your own whenever possible during the course of your day. Find physical activities that are fun for you. Look for activities that you can enjoy – like gardening, biking, swimming or dancing – to name just a few. And, have fun exploring new activities as you incorporate exercise into your daily routine and begin reaping the healthy benefits.

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