Dental Health Is More than Just Teeth
The mouth is a gateway into our body, and is the entry point to our digestive and respiratory tracts. Keeping the mouth healthy help keep the microbiome in our stomach and immune system balanced.
Our saliva also contains antibodies that fight off viral pathogens like the common cold, and helps wash away harmful bacteria.
Healthy Mouth Can Lead to a Healthy Heart
Gum/ Periodontal disease has also been linked to cardiovascular health—in fact, people with periodontal disease have a greater risk of heart disease than those without.
Why? Although research is still ongoing, there is evidence that a bacterial inflammation in the gums can spread into the bloodstream, potentially causing clots that can eventually block the arteries to the heart.
Good Oral Health Can Help Detect Systemic Disease
Our mouth is a window into our general health, including early signs and symptoms of disease. Systematic diseases such as diabetes often appear in the mouth first as lesions or other related problems, but it can be hard to identify these warning signs when you practice poor dental care.
Practicing Good Dental Hygiene and Maintaining Regular Hygiene Appointments Can Help Prevent Gum/Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral diseases on the planet, and is estimated by the World Health Organization to be the 11th most prevalent global disease. Good oral hygiene practice can protect your oral and general health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn.
- Avoid tobacco use
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
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