As you know, I am all about taking care of your body and living a healthy life without torturing yourself. Which is why I practice yoga and pilates and encourage others to do so. Even when I like to treat myself from time to time, I still keep things at an acceptable range within what is still enjoyable but responsible.
Recently, I made a routine appointment with my dentist. When I came out of his office, I was shocked at everything I learned that day and had not realized! You see, I’ve always thought of dental hygiene as being important for having a fresh breath and a shiny-looking smile. But the dentist explained to me, how issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, or caries can make you have a fever, infections, and some other serious diseases.
During my sessions and while I have conversations with my students, I notice that very seldom we mention dental hygiene. It appears like we don´t consider it too important or simply neglect it altogether.
Your Mouth is a Window to Your Overall Health
We asked Dr. Yoonjeong, a dentist from New Westminster, what is the importance of having a good oral hygiene to a person´s health. “Besides preventing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease, research has found that you are also warding off medical disorders. On the flipside, if you have a poor oral hygiene, you are increasing your risk of some serious health disease, not related to your teeth”, he says.
So there is a connection between your teeth and the rest of your body. Given that your mouth is prone to so many foreigners it is important to take special care of it. Just like the rest of your body, your mouth has a large population of bacteria.
Besides this, your saliva indicates what medical conditions a person might be suffering. Saliva is a good agent for keeping your mouth clean and with a reduced population of bacteria. Some medications such as painkillers and antihistamines can reduce saliva flow.
Consequences of Not Having a Good Oral Hygiene
As stated before, not taking care of your mouth properly has consequences to your teeth, gums, and mouth. Research has discovered that certain conditions can be worsened by a poor dental hygiene:
- Heart Stroke
- Preterm Labor
- Heart attack
Bacteria from your mouth cannot enter your bloodstream. However, when you are treated for serious oral diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis, you can cause lesions that open a gateway for these germs to enter your bloodstream.
Some Conditions can Also Affect Your Oral Health
“Certain medical conditions lower your defenses and can make you more vulnerable to gum disease and periodontitis”, Dr. Yoonjeong explains. When a medical condition compromises your body, your mouth is at risk as well. In fact, it has been discovered that more than 90% percent of all systemic diseases have a negative effect on your mouth.
Some conditions that have a negative effect on your dental health and can worsen oral conditions are:
- Diabetes. It reduces body’s resistance to infection.
- Osteoporosis. This might lead to periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
- HIV/AIDS. Many oral problems are common to people with this syndrome.
Visit your dentist today and ask him what are the best practices to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. This is also very important to a good health.