Just like a lack of sleep can affect your work performance (and much more), problems in your mouth can contribute to issues throughout your body. There’s a strong connection between your ORAL health and your OVERALL health.
It’s pretty simple to understand why:
1. Your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory system.
2. Your mouth is full of bacteria.
3. In a healthy mouth, most of that bacteria is harmless.
Studies performed support that an unhealthy mouth can play an important role in certain diseases. When unhealthy bacteria live and grow in the mouth, the body’s resistance to infection can be lowered.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that diseases like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and pneumonia may be tied to poor oral health. They also say complications in pregnancy may be related to your mouth’s condition. READ MORE HERE
Conversely, conditions like diabetes, HIV, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease may affect your oral health. They also suggest eating disorders, arthritis, and certain cancers can affect your mouth’s health.
So how do you protect yourself? Get ready, you KNOW this stuff!
– Brush your teeth at least twice a day
– Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste
– Floss at least once a day
– Avoid tobacco use
– Go to your dentist regularly
– Eat a healthy diet
– Avoid too much sugar
Plus, there’s a couple of mom might not have mentioned: change your toothbrush every three months or when bristles become worn and use mouthwash to remove any food particles left over after brushing/flossing.