October 18, 2018

How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

why oral health is important for total body health

Most of the posts I write on this site have to do with diet and fitness for overall health. However, one thing that is often overlooked when it comes to the health of your body is oral hygiene. Not only is practicing good oral hygiene good for protecting your teeth, but it also has many benefits that support overall body health.

Good Oral Hygiene is Important for Your Health

Let’s get the superficial reasons out of the way. Nobody wants to look at a bad smile. Missing teeth, yellowed teeth, nasty breath, and all that jazz. It’s like the Big Book of British Smiles that the dentist showed Ralph on The Simpsons to scare him into better taking care of his teeth.

Having healthy teeth and a better smile leads to a better self-esteem, enhances your social interactions, and gives you a general confidence and feeling of wellbeing.

With the aesthetic out of the way, let’s look at all the ways that poor dental hygiene affects the body. Your mouth is basically the window to a lot of things that could be going wrong in your body. It’s basically a signal for a number of health disorders. As an example, an HIV infection could first be symptomized by mouth ulcers. Bleeding gums may signal a blood disorder. Soft teeth and bone loss may indicate a skeletal disease like osteoporosis. There is a lot that your mouth can tell you about your overall health.

Saliva Fights Bacteria

One of the ways that having good oral health protects you is by creating healthy saliva. Saliva is important in protecting you against bacteria that can cause disease. It has enzymes that break down this harmful bacteria and inhibits the growth of bacterial conditions that can lead to serious illness. To really get rid of that bacteria, try adding a Miswak Stick to your oral routine.

Plaque Leads to Infections

All that plaque build-up on your teeth can lead to a number of issues. This plaque is made up of bacteria in your mouth. At any given time, there are up to 500 different types of bacteria residing there. Be sure to keep your mouth clean (I have found an off the wall way to make sure my teeth are especially clean with this stick from Miswak and am absolutely loving it!).

Poor Gums Increases Risk of Disease

Many studies have been conducted on the long-term effects of gum infections. It was found that oral infections, and gum infections, in particular, is strongly associated with diseases such as diabetes and various cardiovascular issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is also evidence suggesting that it can be linked to preterm birth. Good oral hygiene is not only important for your health, but it may be crucial for the health of your offspring as well.

Be Sure to Brush and Floss

You already had plenty of reasons to be taking care of your teeth so you have that perfect smile, but given the evidence above, you have even more reason to do so now. There is a strong relationship between oral health and overall health. Not just for today, but for years to come as well.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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