Aug 06 2013

5 ways your teeth can affect your overall health

Here at Mountain View Dentistry, we really believe that your oral health affects your overall health in ways you probably never even stopped to think about. Here’s a few examples:

1. Having less teeth = having a bad memory?

In a recent study published in the August issue of the European Journal of Oral Sciences, researchers found that test subjects who had fewer natural teeth performed worse on memory tests. They think the link might occur because natural teeth send signals to the brain that affects its functions, including memory. So next time you brush, you’re not just saving your teeth, you’re saving your memories!

2.  Gingivitis can make your skin sag.

The Academy of General Dentistry has said that the swelling, bleeding and tenderness in your gums caused by gingivitis can lead to bone loss and gum recession. And in addition to the pain, the surrounding skin will appear to sag and look older. So, I guess taking good care of your teeth is kind of like drinking from the fountain of youth!

3. Keep that heart healthy.

There is some research out there that suggests that having high amounts of tooth decay can lead to heart disease, clogged arteries and even stroke. This is mainly because of the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause. So it’s really important to brush your teeth properly at least twice a day. If you want to liven up the tooth brushing process, check out this fun app. 

4.  The diabetes connection.

One of the strongest relationships between a disease and your oral health is between diabetes and periodontitis, which is when the gums begin to swell and fill with plaque and tarter. As the mouth swells, it weakens your body’s ability to control blood sugar, which is a key component of managing diabetes. Just another reason why doing the little things to keep your mouth healthy are so important.

5. Healthy gums let you breathe easy.

A study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that gum disease might increase the risk for respiratory infections like pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These infections are caused when bacteria from the upper throat is inhaled into the respiratory tract. Just another instance where having a healthy mouth can help prevent bigger health issues in your body.

To help make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible, remember to always:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit your dentist for regular check ups
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet

 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Mountain View Dentistry, give us a call at 818-880-4023.

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