At the start of a new year my patients invariably ask me what things they can do to keep themselves healthy. One of the first basic things I tell them is to take good care of their teeth! Like many of my patients, you may wonder what the condition of your gums and teeth have to do with your overall health?It’s simple, really, and I’d like to explain to you what the basic relationship is between your dental health and the rest of your body.
Your Mouth – The Door to Your Good Health
You may not know this, but your mouth, and all the structures within it – your teeth, your gums, and your tongue – is one of the first places where disease can start in your body. That’s right. Bacteria levels can rise in your mouth just from the simple act of eating and/or drinking. Without the proper hygiene of regularly brushing your teeth, flossing, and cleaning your tongue, bacteria can infect gums causing serious gum disease and even tooth loss. These same bacteria can travel throughout your blood and go on to create a number of other diseases that include the following:
What Can You Do To Protect Your Oral Health?
As I mentioned above, one of the first things I tell my patients, is the best thing you can do for your overall health is to observe good oral hygiene. Here’s how:
Spend a little extra time each day to make sure that you brush and flush properly and rinse your mouth with an antibacterial rinse to keep down bacterial levels. Keeping healthy oral tissues can go a long way in preventing disease and keeping you healthy well into your golden years!
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Dental Health and Overall Health,http://www.everydayhealth.com/specialreport/powerful-tips-daily-oral-care/dental-health-overall-health.aspx