Your mouth is the gateway for whole body health. You’ve heard the proverb that you are what you eat, but what you consume is not the only way that your mouth affects and reflects your total health.
Dental Hygiene plays a big part in your overall health, and not just whether your teeth have cavities!
Links To Major Health Concerns
Poor dental health, specifically gum disease, is linked to many health issues that plague the 21st century. Diabetes, heart disease, fertility, miscarriage, osteoporosis, stroke, and lung condition have all been connected to the presence of gum infections. In some cases, the gum disease came first, in others, the conditions seemed to develop at the same time. Either way, it seems clear that taking good care of your teeth and gums is a way to avoid, reverse, or control other “bigger and badder” conditions.
What Can I Do?
Don’t get lazy. No matter how busy you have been, how tired you are, or how late you stayed up bingeing your latest TV show: brush your teeth! Make sure you brush after your last meal or snack and before bedtime. Get the floss in on the action too! You have no idea how many food pieces and particles get stuck between teeth only to turn into plaque, tartar, cavities, and periodontal disease. Flossing daily prevents those hidden spaces from harboring dangerous bacteria and acids that damage your tooth and gum structures.
Don’t skip your six month dental exams. Call to make your appointment with Encino Dental Studio today. You’ll get a thorough cleaning with x-rays and a periodontal exam to check the attachment of your gums, an indicator of gum disease. Once your exam is done, Dr. Jamsheed will discuss any treatments you may need or want, and you can plan your next six months of dental health!