Recently, there has been research done that shows that oral health is linked to the health of the entire body. Not only will your teeth and gums deteriorate if you don’t take care of them, but also you might get some health problems as well. The following are some reasons why oral care matters for a healthy body:
1. Cardiac health
Recent research shows that there is a connection between gum disease and cardiac health. Gum disease can cause inflammation in the body, leading to heart disease or even a heart attack. Keeping up with oral care is just one way to keep your heart healthy.
2. Pregnancy health
There is no hard evidence as of yet linking birth abnormalities to oral health issues, but there is ongoing research that this is the case. What is true is that the overall health of the body affects this issue, so one would be wise to be watchful.
New studies suggest that blood glucose control is affected by gum disease. Because gum disease is an infection, the bacteria produces toxins that affect carbohydrate metabolism in the cells of your body. Also, researchers think that this bacteria can cause insulin resistance, which in turn causes high blood glucose levels.
4. Oral cancer
When you go to the dentist, they inspect the oral area for any signs of cancer. Catching this early can help save your life. You may not even have any symptoms that trouble you while there is some form of lesion in the area. Seeing your dentist for regular exams is essential for cancer screening.
From a behavioral perspective, brushing your teeth signals to the brain that it’s time to stop eating. This can be helpful in dieting because it can help stop cravings. Also, the taste of toothpaste does not go together well with most foods, so brushing your teeth may prevent you from overindulging.
6. Cavities and Gum Disease
Some people erroneously think that if they don’t get cavities then have a healthy mouth. While cavities affect individual teeth, gum disease can make you lose many teeth. Simple brushing and flossing can prevent this result. It should be mentioned that flossing is an integral part of oral care because you cannot get in between teeth with your brush.
In conclusion, oral care includes brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Oral care is not important only for your mouth, but also for the health of your entire body.
Informational credit to Kucey Dental Group.