Take care of your teeth and your health
If you read this blog regularly, then you know that Bienemen Dentistry believes in the importance of practicing good oral hygiene habits. First, it is abundantly clear that good oral hygiene leads to stronger and healthier teeth and gums. Second, good oral hygiene has a surprising influence on your overall health.
According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, keeping your teeth and gums healthy could go a long way toward keeping you healthy:
Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis — a severe form of gum disease — might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.”
While HIV/AIDS and diabetes may seem like drastic scenarios, several more common health concerns are also linked to oral health. For example, research has linked gum disease to heart disease, premature birth and even knee arthritis.
In order to keep your mouth healthy, practice good brushing and flossing habits daily. In addition, cut back on habits that harm your teeth and gums, such as consuming high levels of sugar, chewing ice cubes and so forth.
Because research supports the strong ties between oral hygiene and good overall health, we encourage you not only to consider your daily habits but also to invest in regular professional cleanings. As the word invest implies, the time and value that you dedicate to maintaining oral health will pay dividends in the long run.
If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving you.