5 Ways Oral Hygiene Keeps You Healthy

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It's worth it for you to take good care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Not only will good oral hygiene keep your beautiful smile in tact, it will keep you entire body healthy.

The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true – and backed by scientific evidence!

Not convinced?

Here are five ways having healthy teeth and gums will boost your overall health.

1. Self-esteem and confidence boost.

Decayed teeth and gum disease are often associated not only with an unsightly mouth but very bad breath — so bad it can affect your confidence, self-image, and self-esteem.

With a healthy mouth that's free of gum disease and cavities, your quality of life is bound to be better — you can eat properly, look better, and sleep better.

2. Lower risk of heart disease.

Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.

Experts stop short of saying there is a cause-and-effect between gum disease and these other serious health problems, but the link has shown up in numerous studies. The findings of these studies may suggest that maintaining oral health can help protect overall health.

3. Sharper memory.

Researchers of a report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry say adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths.

Those with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly on two tests: delayed verbal recall and subtraction — both skills used in everyday life.

4. Stable blood sugar.

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le with uncontrolled diabetes often have gum disease. Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to serious gum disease.

And some experts have found that if you have diabetes, you are more likely to develop more severe gum problems than someone without diabetes.

That, in turn, may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.

Reducing your risk of gingivitis by protecting your oral health may help with blood sugar control if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.

5. Helps pregnant women.

Women may experience increased gingivitis during pregnancy. Some research suggests a relationship between gum disease and preterm, low-birth-weight infants.

Not all studies have found a solid link, but maintaining good oral health is still the best goal.  If you're pregnant, be sure to visit my office as part of your prenatal care. Consider it good practice for the role modeling that lies ahead for all new parents.

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