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Your Mouth Could Be Making You More Sick

October 15th, 2013 by in Health with 657 Views

I’m sure everybody in recent generations has heard as they grew up that they should go to the dentist 2 times a year for proper dental care. That being said, most people don’t understand the full importance of how the health of their mouth can affect the health of their entire body.

Gum disease has been found to be linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory diseases. It is known to be a silent disease as many do not notice that it is beginning to occur until it is in its late stages. This is however one of the most common inflammatory diseases in the world. The buildup of bacteria and inflammation on the gums can enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation in other areas of the body. It has been suggested that people with periodontitis have difficulty regulating their sugar levels with diabetes.

For prevention purposes, it is important to take care of your mouth’s health on a daily basis just as you would the rest of your body. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. A timer can help to stay on track with this as well as singing part of a song that you know will take approximately two minutes. Some toothbrush companies also sell toothbrushes that will shut off after two minutes. Flossing should be done at least once a day in order to clean in between each tooth to prevent food and bacteria from traveling into the gums. It may also be beneficial to use an antimicrobial mouthwash daily as well to ensure proper cleanliness.

Alongside cleaning teeth it is also important to have a balanced diet for your dental health in order to prevent or decrease the chance of tooth decay. Avoiding coffee, tea and tobacco will also help the health and color of your teeth. If you have teeth that bleed during brushing or flossing, red swollen gums, loose or separating teeth, chronic bad breath or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down, it is important to call your dentist and get in for a check up.

  • Geofrey Bett

    This article has really enlightened me on the link between the health of my teeth and the health of my entire body.
    I will now be more careful on the health of my teeth.
    Thanks for the share.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Mouth and teeth are the most important part of our body. Not only do your teeth help you talk and chew, they can make or break your appearance. Fortunately, there has some simple ways to keep teeth strong and healthy from childhood to old age.

  • liz soliven

    As a self assessment I think mine’s under gingivitis since my dentist have told me before that my gum is very sensitive, it easily bleeds and needs a soft bristle toothbrush. Now I know when to consult the doctor, this is really helpful