Oral health is much more than just a great smile. Keeping your mouth healthy will go a long way and here’s why.
There are thousands, if not millions, of organisms currently living in your mouth called bacteria. Not quite the vision you want when talking about your teeth, but it is normal for these bacteria to be there. Thankfully, you are daily warding off unwanted bacteria with your immune system and good oral hygiene.
The Bad News about Bacteria
A build-up of bacteria in your mouth causes infection. During the “battle” between bacteria and your immune system, inflammation in the gums occurs. If your immune system wins the battle, wellness is restored in your body. If the bacteria win, your gums will stay inflamed leading to severe gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis can lead to other infections throughout your body, which can translate into other common chronic diseases.
In a recent study, people with severe gum disease were 40% more likely to have an additional chronic condition. Periodontitis is known to have a link to heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and certain lung conditions.
Overall, it is important to keep bacteria at a minimum so that it doesn’t lead to infection. There are several ways you can work to prevent bacteria build up in your mouth daily. Here are some oral care tips
Brush Twice, Floss Once
Establishing a great oral hygiene routine at home will help prevent disease. This is so simple to do and can have a great return on investment.
Get in the habit of visiting your dentist twice a year for a regular check-up. Your dentist can monitor your gums and teeth and help you identify any early symptoms of oral disease.
Be sure to replace your toothbrush once every three months. Some brushes even have bristles that fade so you know when it’s time to get a new one. You also want to stick to a soft bristle brush that is great for your gums and teeth.
To Smoke or Not to Smoke?
Not to smoke. In a recent study by the CDC, it was discovered that smokers are at a much higher risk of getting severe gum disease than a non-smoker. Why? Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict, making it difficult for the immune system to fight off bacteria.
Eat a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables. Try to eliminate large amounts of sugary foods and drinks that can contribute to tooth decay. Also keep snacking in between meals at a minimum.
Find a good multivitamin that can provide your body with the vitamin c and calcium that you need. This will help keep your immune system and your bones strong so they can help fight off bacteria resulting is optimum oral health.
Incorporating these tips into your life will help establish great oral health. Remember a healthy mouth will lead to a life of wellness!
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