- Oral Health
A Healthy You Relies On a Healthy Smile
What does that mean?
It means that if we as individuals don’t keep up with our oral hygiene we in fact are putting ourselves at a much higher risk for other medical complications like so: heart disease, diabetes, memory loss, etc.
It’s no question as to why we should maintain a routine of teeth cleaning, but the understanding as to how these effect one another comes from extent proven scientific evidence recovered by studies done over the past several years. Here’s the explanation as to how scientists came to conclude to these results:
Heart Disease - To understand how the one effects the other, doctors describe this as a “cause-and-effect” type of relationship in which inflammation from gum disease can literally help push the development with heart disease and/or strokes. According to the American Heart Association, 610,000 lives each year are taken by some sort of heart complication in both man and women in the U.S. and though these numbers are already far too threatening, a little flossing might help a long way.
Diabetes - To better understand the relationship between our teeth maintenance and diabetes, think of this relationship as a "two-way street.” For years now, doctors have advised those who are diabetic to keep up with oral hygiene for they are more at risk of getting serious gum disease, but now studies are suggesting that serious gum diseases can progress someone into becoming diabetic. To further explain, certain gum diseases can potentially affect blood glucose levels which ultimately leads to becoming diabetic and also receiving dry mouth symptoms, both in which are not something anyone wants to deal with due to the lack of keeping our teeth cleaned.
Memory Loss - The relationship between memory preservation and clean teeth could be expressed by saying “there isn’t one without the other.” In a report by Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry it was indicated that those with gum diseases like gingivitis have proven to suffer from memory loss. This hypothesis came from testing several adults, those with gum diseases and those without. The results were then concluded that the ones with gum disease were more likely to test poorly in verbal recall and subtraction, two skills in which we all use on day to day basics, leading us to realize that the use of antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste almost seem vital to one’s memory.
Other Medical Conditions That Correlate With Teeth Cleaning:
Premature Birth - Gum Disease can cause premature birth and/or contribute to a baby’s lost of weight.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Joint pain and inflammation.
Pneumonia - Lung Infection that leads to inflammation.
Should More Studies be Done to See What Else can be Caused By Gum Disease?
Ways To Help Maintain Good Oral Health:
- Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly to keep from getting plaque build up in between your teeth.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to minimize pressure on gums.
- Visit your dentist often for teeth cleaning and/or exams.
- Eating the right foods will go a long way, try consuming more raw food rather then sugary foods.
- Remember to change your toothbrush every three months so they effectively clean your teeth.
- Most importantly, don’t smoke. The use of tobacco jeopardizes your teeth!
Whoopi Goldberg Talks About Gum Disease
Live a Stress Free Life!
In conclusion, it's safe to say that oral health does play a major role in our overall health. By keeping our oral hygiene in tact and continuously seeking aid from our dentists, we will all be able to ensure a life with a little less stress, and not to mention, a more beautiful smile!