Many people understand the importance of taking care of their teeth, but did you know that there is a strong correlation between the health of your mouth and the health of your whole body?
Oral health is often referred to as “a window to your overall health”, and can provide clues about the state of each. Your mouth, like the rest of your body, is home to many harmless bacteria, and keeping a good oral health routine alongside the body’s normal defense system can keep bad bacteria away.
When oral health is neglected, harmful bacteria are allowed the chance to accumulate, causing infection and inflammation inside the mouth. The most dangerous oral condition related to this is gum disease, which has been known to be linked to other systemic diseases and issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even low birth weight babies. Taking care of your oral health can have surprising benefits on the health of your body as a whole.
Taking care of your teeth can be very beneficial to both your dental health and your overall health, but what does good oral health look like? We recommend patients brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. This removes the plaque buildup on and in between your teeth before it hardens into tartar and produces harmful toxins that can irritate the gum tissue. Good oral health also encourages a nutritious diet rich in fiber, dairy, and leafy greens that limits sugars, starches, and carbonated beverages to discourage dental decay. Visiting our dentist in Scarborough, ON twice a year for routine cleanings and x-rays also helps ensure that your oral health habits are on track and to prevent decay or disease from developing or progressing past early stages. Commonly, practicing good oral health habits also helps boost self-esteem from having a healthy, attractive smile!