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Healthy lifestyle, healthy smile

Living healthy day to day can improve your overall health, including your oral health

You may know that practicing good oral hygiene helps you stay healthier overall, but did you know that following a healthy, active lifestyle may also positively affect your oral wellness?

Health risks of a sedentary lifestyle

Adults who are sedentary and eat poorly are significantly more likely to develop periodontal disease than those who engage in high levels of physical activity and choose a healthy diet, according to a study in the Journal of Periodontal Research.

Among older adults, those who remain physically active are more likely to have a greater number of remaining teeth.

Other risks to your oral health include alcohol and tobacco use. These substances can increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and even oral cancer.

How to make healthier choices

It’s difficult to make major life changes at once. Instead, slowly build up to healthier habits by making small swaps every few days or weeks. Some great swaps include:


  • Go on a 20-minute walk instead of watching an episode of television.
  • Snack on apples, carrots or yogurt instead of chips and candy.
  • Drink a glass of seltzer instead of sugary drinks.
  • Stretch before bed instead of mindlessly scrolling on your phone.


By making gradual changes to your habits, you’re more likely to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated April 1, 2022

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.