“You are what you eat.”

You’ve probably heard this cliché so much that you disregard it when it’s said with any seriousness. Yet, like many clichés, there is some truth in the phrase; your diet affects both your dental health and your overall health.

During your regular dental check-ups, Glendale, Arizona, dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox of Desert Smiles can discuss how what you eat impacts your dental health and answer your questions about ways to improve your diet and your systemic health.

Your diet has a direct relationship to the state of your oral health. Consuming a diet that is high in sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods and beverages can accelerate tooth decay and increase your risk for periodontal disease.

Your dental health, in turn, plays a role in your overall physical health. Left untreated, conditions such as gum disease can adversely impact your heart health and heighten your risk for high blood pressure or heart disease.

Of course, a balanced diet alone will not prevent dental health problems. Practicing a quality daily at-home dental hygiene routine and visiting Desert Smiles for thorough dental exams and professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year are also important to maintaining good oral health.

If you would like to learn more about the link between your diet and your dental health or schedule your regular dental exam, please contact Desert Smiles. We welcome patients from the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria and Glendale, Arizona, areas.

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