How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense: poor oral health is
linked to poor physical health. How so? Well, consider the big picture:
your mouth is the gateway into the rest of the body and its systems.
If the mouth has a chronic infection or disease, then your entire body
may be indirectly or directly exposed to those bacteria. Not to mention
your ability to eat is compromised and also your nutrition. Furthermore,
the resources needed for your general health to function will be diverted
to handle the chronic infection, weakening the overall natural protection
your other systems typically enjoy. Research documents connections between
gum disease and poor heart health, resulting in increased risk of stroke,
as well as diabetes, problem pregnancies, respiratory diseases and osteoporosis
in women. What's more, some studies indicate that those who lose all
their natural teeth may have a much shorter life span.
So what's the answer? If you want to up your odds of a happy, healthy
life, treat your body with respect and put your money (and effort) where
your mouth is. Try starting with the basics: learn the latest tips, techniques
and tools for top notch oral hygiene, when you are here for you next
cleaning appointment. Then, branch out: incorporate a healthy diet, exercise,
fresh air, and regular rest. Eliminate unhealthy habits that are counterproductive.
And remember, taking care of your teeth means better well-being, and
it means your body will be better able to take care of itself.
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