A Healthy Mouth is the Gateway to a Healthy Body

  • December 14, 2018

dentist Sterling HeightsResearch has proven there is a direct correlation between dental health and overall health. If the body is suffering, the mouth is often the first place to encounter side effects. And if you are experiencing problems with your dentition, this may be connected to a breakdown in overall health. Maintaining regular visits with your dentist can provide the needed therapy to help sustain healthy teeth and gums which may lead to improved overall health.

Since the mouth is such an important part of the body, this would seem logical; but the mouth and body are two very distinct entities. That is why professionals are needed to treat each – there is so much to care for and be knowledgeable about that while some of their education may overlap, your dentist’s primary concern is for your dental health.

Can My Teeth Be Related To Some of My Health Issues? 

In a word, yes. The mouth contains bacteria, and if allowed to grow you may experience more than just dental decay or gum disease (although these are bad enough on their own).

Cardiovascular disease and stroke may be linked to inflammation and infection resulting from oral bacteria.

And the reverse is true … diseases of the immune system can affect oral health. Diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are just a couple of the conditions that can contribute to the body’s inability to fight damaging bacteria leading to weakened bone strength, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Tools To Maximize Healthy Teeth and Gums 

Brush and floss daily using a fluoridated toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months. Or even better invest in an electric toothbrush. You may be encouraged to brush the recommended two minutes as a timer will signal when you’ve brushed that long.

Be mindful of your diet … limit sugary snacks and beverages. A healthy daily diet should be comprised of fruits, vegetables, dairy, proteins, and healthy grains.

Visit your dentist for a cleaning and dental exam every six months or as recommended. Harmful plaque will be removed that has formed since your last visit; teeth will be polished to look their best; and a dental exam will reveal any potential oral problems that can be treated before they escalate.

Maintaining your dental health makes a powerful case for improved overall health. If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact Forever Young Dentistry today.