Your Dentist Was Right!
Believe it or not, your overall health can be affected by your oral hygiene. More specifically, the health of your gums can mediate the health of some of your major body functions. That is right! You are fighting for much more than just a pretty smile, you are benefiting your health every time you brush your teeth or floss.
Your mouth is the home to many bacteria: the good bacteria help begin the process of digestion, while the bad bacteria are removed during daily brushes and flossing’s. According to an article recognized by National Public Health Week, the buildup of plaque and high levels of bacteria can cause irritation or inflammation to the gums that can cause gingivitis. If untreated, the infection can harm your gums and the bones surrounding your teeth. They go on to continue to say, the periodontal disease caused from untreated gingivitis is believed to influence the health of your cardiovascular system as well as your respiratory system. Not to mention, can cause bad breath… I want to assure you that you have many options to keep your mouth clean and healthy. The Mayo Clinic Staff recommends the following;
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste AT LEAST twice a day. (Fluoride tooth paste deposits minerals into your enamel to strengthen your teeth from decay.)
- Floss Daily (The 2 minutes it takes is well worth it.)
- Replace your toothbrush when bristles fray or within four months. (Tip: Replace every time you are sick too.)
- Become a regular at your dentist. (Do your small talk before the instruments are in your mouth!)
- Avoid eating between meals.
- Avoid Tobacco use.
When you take a step back it all makes sense. Your mouth is what delivers nutrients to your body, by keeping it clean you are insuring the nutrients are arriving untainted by extra bacteria. By keeping your mouth in tip top shape your immune system can work on other areas in need.
Brushing three times a day seems worth it after knowing the facts. Keep your smile as healthy as your do your body because they go hand in hand.
Until Next Time… Carry On, With a Toothbrush!