Dental professionals will tell you how important the connection between your mouth and body are. It is a fact that oral bacteria has been connected to the plaque in the arteries of heart attack victims. Likewise, oral bacteria have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Research has drawn theories that periodontal inflammation can elevate inflammation throughout the body leading to heart disease. There is also a strong correlation between gum disease and diabetes. Expectant mothers can also be at risk for preterm labor due as a result of inflammation in the mouth.
At Sweet Tooth Dentistry the care and overall health of our patients are of the utmost importance to us. These simple steps will help you to keep both a healthy mouth and body:
- Proper Nutrition: There is a strong relationship between the food you consume and the bacteria in your mouth. Reach for alkalinizing foods – such as kale, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, and avocado. Alkalinizing foods raise the pH of the mouth, resulting in a suitable place for good bacteria. Eating organic and natural foods will help you to avoid harmful additives and preservatives, that are loaded in processed foods, and are more likely to cause tooth problems such as cavities.
- Daily Brushing And Flossing: While shortcuts may be favorable in some areas of life, brushing your teeth certainly should not be one. Brush your teeth for two minutes, two times per day. Make brushing even more beneficial by researching different yoga positions you can do while you brush. More importantly, don’t forget to floss! Flossing is critical, it removes plaque from between the teeth and just under the gum line. Many of our patients are surprised to hear how important flossing is. In fact, if Dr. Margaux was stranded on an island and had to choose between one of the two- it would always be floss!
- The Right Amount of Saliva: Saliva is essential for chewing, tasting and swallowing food. Salvia also prevents bad breath and has antibodies to protect the teeth enamel.
- Putting Money Into Your Dental Care: Stop to read the ingredients of your toothpaste! Make sure you understand where your money is being spent. Have you considered an electric toothbrush? An electric toothbrush has been proved to clean more effectively and efficiently than a manual.
- Visit Your Dental Professional: Visit a dental professional two to three times per year at the bare minimum. Make a special trip for anything out of the ordinary you notice inside your mouth.
Source: Dental Town