Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Feb 14th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

oral healthDr. Moiceanu is very passionate about educating you on how your overall body health and your oral health are connected. You’ve already learned how a healthy diet contributes to a healthy mouth, but how does a healthy mouth directly impact your body? Here’s the lowdown on health problems that can develop if you do not take care of your teeth and gums.

How do healthy gums contribute to a healthy body?

Studies have shown that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is linked to several chronic health conditions. While the exact nature of the link has yet to be discovered, some researchers believe that the oral bacteria found in gum disease and compromising the oral health is the culprit. These bacteria have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and in the coronary artery plaque of heart disease sufferers. Another theory is that the inflammatory nature of gum disease ( oral health) causes inflammation in other parts of the body. Heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and preeclampsia are all inflammatory processes, and this could explain why people with these conditions are found to have higher rates of gum disease and a compromised oral health.

How do the health of your teeth contribute to oral health and a healthy body?

If your teeth are in constant pain because of cavities or enamel loss, you may not be able to eat a healthy diet. If this is the case, it will lead to all sorts of problems. Eating soft foods to avoid tooth pain can lead to more tooth problems in addition to causing weight gain and lowering your immune system. A varied diet is essential in delivering needed nutrients to the body, and you cannot do that without properly-functioning teeth.

How can I improve my oral health?

Preventive care is the key when it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, so you should do the following for an optimal oral health:

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Use an alcohol-free mouth rinse to kill oral bacteria.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Avoid or at least cut down on sugary treats, fruit juices, and carbonated beverages.
  • See Dr. Moiceanu for regular cleanings and checkups.

If it’s too late for preventive care and you have dental problems that are affecting your overall oral and body health, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation. Hilltop Family Dental serves patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the surrounding areas.

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