The Interesting Connection Between Oral Health & Your Overall Health

Finding Balance in Our Busy Lives Can Help Dental Health

We know, you are busy. Like, really busy! However, that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore yourself. Research suggests our overall health and dental health are linked, which means that balance in life could help not only your stress levels, but those pearly whites too!

In between your visits to the dentist, there are other daily routines that put us on the path to great health and better balance in life.  Here are just a few!

Stress

Did you know that stress can actually damage your teeth? Well, it can! When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol suppresses your immune system. That is why when you are really stressed out, you often get sick. Talk about insult to injury. When your immune system isn’t working well your system is unable to kill the bacteria in your mouth. This causes plaque to build up and eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It is believed that this can lead to periodontal and cardiovascular disease. I think that is a good enough reason to schedule that spa day, don’t you?

Smoking

We talk about this one a lot. Smoking and chewing tobacco causes harm to your body and your dental health. Here are just a few of the health problems associated with smoking.

Body

  • Cancers including lung, pancreatic, cervical, kidney, liver, mouth, lip, throat, bladder, stomach, & leukemia to name a few.
  • Respiratory problems including Emphysema & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • Circulatory problems including Coronary Heart disease & stroke.
  • Hormonal disorders including Diabetes.
  • Digestive issues including ulcers.

Mouth

  • Increased risk of plaque buildup and periodontal disease.
  • Bad breath (halitosis), yellow/brown teeth & cavities.
  • Delayed healing from dental procedures or mouth injuries.

Smoking just isn’t a good idea. If you need help quitting, check out www.Quit.com for advice and resources.

Hygiene  

We aren’t just talking about dental hygiene, although that’s important too! When you do not practice proper personal hygiene your skin is prone to infections and inflammation. This weakens your immune system and could lead to serious complications. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and is just as important as the others. Chances are, if you are not showering you probably aren’t brushing your teeth either. Take care of the body you are in and practice proper dental and personal hygiene.

 

Fear  

Maybe you figure that if you brush your teeth regularly you shouldn’t need to visit the dentist. Is fear holding you back? Our minds have so much control over our actions. A lot of people hate going to the dentist, but it is crucial to your dental health. Dentists care for you in many ways including helping you find cavities before they become a big issue. Research and find a dentist you trust. Be open with your dentist about your fears and create a plan together.

Your body is connected in more ways than you may think! Take great care of your whole self and your mouth will thank you too!

 

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