If you’re like most people, you do your best to stay healthy — like by eating well and exercising when you get a chance. But have you considered how your oral hygiene affects the rest of your body? If you’re not brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist in Cherry Hill regularly, you’re putting your overall health at risk. People who have gum disease are more likely to have heart problems, respiratory issues, and other serious conditions. The conclusion? For a healthier, stronger body, start with your mouth.
Your Mouth: The Gateway to the Rest of Your Body
Good and bad, what happens in your body usually begins in the mouth. People who eat a balanced, nutritious diet are likely to enjoy healthier bodies, and those who brush and floss regularly are less likely to experience the serious health conditions that take away from a happy, productive life.
Strong periodontal (gum) health is perhaps most crucial for the rest of your body. The majority of American adults are dealing with gum disease — unfortunately, the bacteria that causes gum disease can quickly enter the bloodstream and affect everything from your heart to your memory. The link between gum health and overall health is especially strong in older patients and pregnant women.
Here are a few examples of how your smile can affect or be affected by what’s going on in the rest of your body.
- Heart conditions: People with gum disease are more likely to experience high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease.
- Respiratory health: Bacteria in the mouth may be aspirated and cause pneumonia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women are at risk of developing pregnancy gingivitis, usually a temporary and mild condition, but one that can progress to periodontitis if left untreated.
- Nutrition: Tooth loss or tooth sensitivity can affect nutrition by making it difficult to eat a varied diet full of crunchy, fresh produce and lean protein.
- Sleep: Nighttime teeth grinding or sleep apnea affect your ability to sleep soundly throughout the night. Fatigue, irritability, confusion, and other symptoms related to poor sleep are likely to occur.
Place a Premium on Prevention
So what can you do to enjoy better oral and overall health? It doesn’t take anything fancy like a new gym membership or special diet — instead, try examining your dental hygiene habits! Are you brushing for two minutes, twice a day? Set a timer to ensure you are reaching the two minute mark each time. And how about flossing? Many people don’t floss like they should, but it’s crucial for healthy teeth and gums. Develop the habit by leaving reminders to floss in your bathroom. Keep a visual track record of how often you floss — doing so is a great way to ensure you keep up the habit. When you brush and floss like you should, your six month checkups and cleanings at Dr. Polansky’s office will be a breeze!
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Speaking of your six month checkup and cleaning, when was the last time you visited our office? If it’s been a while, it’s time to come in for a preventive visit with the dentist you’re looking for when you search for a “dentist near me.” Request an appointment with Dr. Polansky today!