Don’t Neglect Your Dental Health
Easter is just around the corner, and you can smell the sugar in the air. Whether you like Goldbrick Eggs, Peeps, or Cadbury Eggs, taking care of your teeth is especially important.
When thinking about your health and wellness most people think of diet and exercise, but did you know that your oral health can impact your overall health? Your mouth is full of bacteria, most of them harmless, but if neglected bacteria can grow and lead to infections, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Some studies show that there is a link between certain diseases and poor oral health. Some of those diseases include:
- Endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of your heart. Bacteria from your mouth enters your bloodstream which then attaches to your heart.
- Cardiovascular Disease – Clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to inflammation and infections in the mouth. People with artificial heart valves need to take special care as these infections can affect heart valves.
- Premature Birth – Gum disease has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight.
Research also shows that certain health conditions may affect your oral health.
- Diabetes – Oral hygiene is especially important for people with diabetes. Diabetes can lower your resistance to bacteria, making oral health problems more severe. Also, gum disease seems to be more frequent in people with diabetes.
- Osteoporosis – There may be a link between osteoporosis and periodontal bone loss. Periodontal bone loss can lead to tooth loss. Some drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damaging the jaw bone.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent health issues. So visit your dentist twice a year, take care of dental issues immediately and follow these simple dental hygiene tips.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid tobacco use