Dentist Deliberations

So, a recent trip to the dentist has me pondering upon this topic. It’s not massage but it does fall into holistic spectrum because oral health can effect our bodies in so many ways.

It’s important to look after your oral health because our mouths are the gateway to our digestive and immune systems. Our whole body health needs more than lip service when it comes to taking care of our teeth and gums.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Other bad effects are: ulcers, sores, bleeding/swollen gums, chronic bad breath, temperature sensitivity, toothache, broken/loss of teeth, receding gums, pain while chewing, jaw clicking, and dry mouth.

Your oral cavity collects bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Some make up the normal flora of your mouth and are generally harmless in small quantities. If you have a diet high in sugar, this encourages acid-producing bacteria, which dissolve tooth enamel and produce dental cavities.

Gumline bacteria thrive in plaque (a sticky matrix). Plaque accumulates, hardens, and migrates down the length of your tooth. This can be removed by regularly brushing and flossing. Plaque can inflame your gums and cause the condition known as gingivitis. Increased inflammation causes your gums to begin to pull away from your teeth creating pockets for pus to collect (known as periodontitis). Oral bacteria and gum inflammation may also be associated with heart disease, endocarditis, and even premature birth.

Researchers have discovered a connection between poor oral health and underlying systemic conditions.

Keeping your mouth healthy is a daily commitment, and in addition to brushing and flossing, your daily routine can include a good dose of mouthwash. Although certain mouthwashes should only be taken periodically, always check with your dentist which is best for you.

It’s also important to have a professional cleaning twice a year during a routine visit with your dentist, in order to detect early and treat signs of gum disease, infections, or other problems, and of course, to keep you smiling.

#smile #oralhealth #wholebodyhealth #massagehealth #bodyconfidence

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