Did you know that the health of your teeth can impact your overall health and wellbeing? And the state of your teeth can reveal a lot about your overall health?
So even if the thought of visiting the dentist fills you with dread, it could be one of the best things you do for yourself.
Oral Health, Overall Health: The Link
We all know we should brush and floss our teeth at least twice a day. But why? Well, doing so keeps bacteria at normal levels. If you neglect your oral health, bacteria can run rampant and infection and disease can result – such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Some studies have suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease could prompt cardiovascular events including stroke and heart disease. While it's not certain if poor oral health definitely causes heart problems, they do indicate that keeping our teeth healthy is a good place to start.
Brighter Smile, Greater Self Confidence
Not only is gum disease and infections unsightly and uncomfortable, they can also make you feel rather rubbish. This can affect your self-esteem, relationships, work and overall wellbeing.
By keeping your pearly whites white, your gums healthy and your teeth cavity-free, you may enjoy greater self-confidence and an improved quality of life. What's not to like about that?
Healthier Mouth, Better Memory
Incredibly, a recent report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that people who have gingivitis perform worse on memory tests than people with better oral health. The jury is out on why, but it's a good idea to keep bacteria at bay to prevent gingivitis – by using an antibacterial toothpaste or mouthwash.
Other Reasons to Have a Healthy Mouth
Some studies have also suggested poor oral hygiene could also be linked to premature birth, endocarditis, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's. Boost your oral health today – brush at least twice a day, floss daily, eat a variety of fresh foods, buy a new toothbrush every few months and of course, visit the dentist regularly.Originally published on Feb 18, 2015