Does Oral Health Affect Skin?

woman checking her face for acne

You’ve probably heard it before: your oral health has a strong connection to your overall health. That includes the health of your skin! In this post, we’ll go over the connections between oral health and skin health.

Tooth Care & Acne

Your smile is full of bacteria, for better or for worse. You have the power to control some of those bacteria by brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth. When you don’t care properly for your teeth, those bacteria accumulate on the teeth and around the gumline. Eventually, they’ll enter your bloodstream, and that’s why they pose a risk to your skin: raising your risk for developing acne. And it’s not just acne you need to worry about, the spread of that bacteria has been linked to other, more serious ailments, including heart disease.

About Your Toothpaste

Your toothpaste may also be contributing to bad skin and acne. There are some ingredients found within most toothpaste that cause dry skin, irritation, and more. It’s hard to guarantee that all of your toothpaste will stay in your mouth, so re-order your routine so that you’re brushing your teeth before you wash your face.

Eating Well

A tooth-healthy diet is also a diet that promotes healthy skin. Just as we know that starchy and sugary foods are sure to contribute to cavities, we know that they aren’t serving your skin either. Stick to a diet of veggies and lean proteins, and your smile and skin will thank you.

Quality Care in Tyler, Texas

We’ve stressed the link between your oral care and your overall health, so now it’s time to make your oral care a priority. Come see us at Ashley Laird, DDS, and we’ll help you get on track with a great oral care routine in no time!

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