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This month, Assure a Smile celebrates National Nutrition Month! As a holistic dentistry practice, we urge patients to consider how their oral health is intricately related to other parts of their daily life. Nutrition is often the first area we recommend patients evaluate, as the food we consume comes into direct contact with our teeth and gums. Failing to eat well, along with poor oral hygiene, is the shortest path towards tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health, as recent research indicates, is intimately linked with overall health. In this way, eating well not only preserves your teeth and gums, but it also preserves your overall well being.
We all know that habitual smoking harms your major organ systems. Throat, lung, and heart cancer have each been linked with smoking. Many other serious illnesses that have been linked to smoking include heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and other respiratory conditions. But did you know that smoking may also increase your chances of developing plaque, cavities, and gum disease?