As a member of the Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), an organization devoted to raising awareness of oral health’s impact on overall well being, Hardin Advanced Dentistry is dedicated to helping our patients enjoy healthy, active lives. From our commitment to using only mercury-free materials to our emphasis on preventative care and patient education, we understand the innate link between your dental wellbeing and your entire body.
If you would like to learn more about our holistic approach to dentistry, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry today by completing the form on this page, or by calling (513) 234-5531 to schedule an appointment.
Mouth Body Connection
The leading causes of death in America, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are heart disease, cancer and stroke. All of these illnesses have intrinsic links to your oral health. The HHS also found that inactivity and poor nutrition contribute to more than 5000,000 deaths every year. Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise can also have a detrimental effect on your oral health.
Continued studies on oral-systemic associations confirm connections such as:
- Gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more
- TMJ and headaches
- Oral airway and sleep apnea
- Dental filling bio-incompatibility
- Oral cancer
Through continued education and state of the art technology, Hardin Advanced Dentistry consistently provides the latest in comprehensive treatment methods for gum disease, TMJ disorder, sleep apnea and other systemic conditions. Dr. Tara is a mercury-free and mercury-safe Cincinnati family dentist, and a charter member of the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD).
The USDA reports that healthier diets could prevent up to $71 billion each year in lost productivity, medical costs, and lost lives. Research also suggests that people who eat badly and abuse alcohol tend to neglect their oral hygiene.
Here are five guidelines for ensuring proper nutrition:
- Avoid processed foods.
- Practice portion control.
- Fill up on water.
- Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day, focusing on becoming satiated, not stuffed.
Try to avoid foods that are bad for your teeth, such as:
- Sugary Candy
- Starchy food that gets stuck in your teeth
- Sodas, sports drinks and juices
Adults who remain physically active are more likely to retain more of their teeth as they age, according to studies by the Journal of Periodontal Research. You don’t have to be an athlete or serious exerciser to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some of the best physical exercises don’t require a gym membership. Swimming, walking, yoga and kegel exercises are all healthy activities that can help keep you fit.
The important thing to remember, whether you are playing with your kids or ballroom dancing, is to do some form of aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, and include two days of strength training every week.
Tips & tricks
In order to achieve a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to eat right, sleep well, get plenty of exercise and take care of your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice every day and floss once a day. In addition to a diligent daily dental hygiene routine, you should also schedule an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year.
Here are other tips to help keep your mouth and body healthy:
- Curb your sweet tooth.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Add spices and fresh herbs to your vegetables.
- Try increasing your exercise routine five percent each week.
- Avoid a “working lunch”
The family dentists at Hardin Advanced Dentistry want to help you look and feel your best. If you are looking for a dentist in Cincinnati, Dayton or Mason, Ohio, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or call (513) 234-5531 today. We also welcome patients from Northern Kentucky or Southeast Indiana.