A healthy mouth is equal to overall good health. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say:
Like other areas of the body, your mouth teems with bacteria — mostly harmless. But your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease.
Health issues related to the absence of a healthy mouth
Many health issues are a result of the lack of a healthy mouth. In particular, let’s talk about five health issues that often intertwine with poor oral health.
For instance, diabetics with infected gums experience blood sugar control issues. Infection and periodontal inflammation affects blood sugar and overall health.
2. Heart Problems
In time, some heart problems stem from bacteria in the gums that move into the bloodstream to cause the buildup of plaque and harden arteries.
3. Pregnancy Issues
Because of hormonal changes in the body pregnancy has the potential of generating oral health problems. If not treated, babies are born with low birth weight and/or premature birth.
4. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis as well is possible when bacteria from gingivitis causes inflammation that spreads throughout the body.
5. Respiratory Infections
On a final note, respiratory infections occur when bacteria from the mouth is inhaled into the lungs and then carried throughout the bloodstream. The results include pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.
Maintain a healthy mouth with good practices
How can you help prevent some of these potential health issues? You can start by practicing and maintaining a healthy mouth. Here are 10 helpful reminder tips for a healthy mouth:
- Brush completely twice a day for at least two minutes, using toothpaste with fluoride.
- Brush your teeth with a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed toward the gum line, and use gentle, little, circular motions.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Use a mouthwash (fluoride is a bonus) to kill bacteria (and freshen your breath).
- Eat a healthy diet, especially high in nutrients (vitamins A and C, in particular).
- Avoid cigarettes and tobacco, which leads to gum disease and oral cancer.
- Visit the dentist bi-annually for cleanings and exams.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks.
- Lightly brush and clean the tongue.
- Watch for sores or irritated gums that don’t heal.
A healthy mouth is an important step towards a healthier life. If you haven’t recently made time for a dental visit, contact us at Danville Family Dentistry at 317-745-4400 to make an appointment.
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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.