Have you ever heard the saying: “healthy mouth, healthy you”? It turns out, this phrase is actually true. Studies have proven that taking good care of your teeth and gums improves your overall health and reduces your risk of serious illness. Here are 3 great things that good oral health can do for you:
Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease
Gum disease, also known as Periodontitis, is now deemed a risk factor for heart disease. This is because of the tremendous amount of cases in which the two are linked. Although there isn’t a direct cause and effect relationship, there is enough evidence to see that inflammation from gum disease is associated with cardiovascular problems. This suggests that proper gum care and dental hygiene can lessen your chances of heart disease.
Lower the Risks of Infection and Inflammation in the Body
Poor oral health has been linked to infections developing in other areas of the body. Studies have discovered an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and that the mechanism involved in the destruction of connective tissues in both diseases is similar. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a healthy diet, and seeing a dentist regularly can ward off tooth decay, gum disease, and ultimately protect you from getting infections and inflammation elsewhere in your body.
Increase Quality of Life and Self-Esteem
A healthy smile can provide countless benefits that improve your mental health and quality of life. A mouth that is free of decaying teeth, toothaches, and gum disease can help you eat pain-free, sleep more soundly, and concentrate better. Furthermore, because bad breath and decaying teeth can affect self-esteem, taking care of your teeth and gums will cause you to smile more and ultimately make you a more confident and happier person.
The benefits from good oral health are astounding. Don’t wait to get your mouth on track and make a happier, healthier you. Call us today to make an appointment. We are dedicated to improving your oral health!