Oral Hygiene Must For Healthy Body

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012
This article was posted in Be Your Own Mentor

Oral hygiene can also benefit the total good health of a person. Yes times have changed and particularly the past few years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between mouth health and body health. Hence your mouth is the gateway to your body.

oral hygieneBrushing twice a day, flossing, using an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in the mouth and regular trips to the dentist will help boost overall health in more ways than one. Decaying teeth, bleeding or painful gums, bad breath are not only big turn offs but can also wreak havoc on your confidence and self-esteem. A healthy mouth that’s free of disease improves the quality of your life as well — you’re free to eat what you like without wincing in pain, you don’t have to avoid eating anything, you can sleep better, and don’t have infections to perturb you.

There are links between gum disease and health problems. Good oral hygiene wards off chronic illnesses as poor oral hygiene can lead to gum diseases which weakens the immune system and hence the researchers rightly say that habitual inflammation from gum disease is associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and even strokes, so make sure you take good care of your oral health.

A recent study also said that people who suffered from swollen and bleeding gums did not perform as well on tests of memory and other cognitive skills as those who did with healthier gums. Not taking adequate care of your mouth can also result in infections in different parts of the body especially in older people. Development of pneumonia, bacteria in the mouth travelling to the lungs and causing infection or worsening lung conditions are some of the ill effects of poor oral hygiene. Other studies have also found an connection between gum disease and inflammation of the joints.

The working relationship between diabetes and gum disease may be the strongest of all the connections between the mouth and body. Inflammation that starts in the mouth seems to weaken the body’s ability to control blood sugar. To further complicate matters, diabetes and gum disease have a two-way relationship. High blood sugar provides ideal conditions for infection to grow, including gum infections. Fortunately you can use the gum disease-diabetes relationship to your favor: managing one can help bring the other under control. Hence, take good care of your teeth.

Though men have gum disease more often than women do, hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk and it has also long been established that pregnant women may experience swollen and infected gums. Visit your dentist regularly as part of your prenatal care.

So while taking good care of your teeth and gums helps you get that great smile, experts say that a healthy mouth also goes a long way in keeping you healthy overall — good oral hygiene reduces the risk of several diseases.