Having good overall oral health is far more than just having a white smile and good breath. The mouth is literally one of the gateways to the body. It is important that we maintain a healthy oral biome to ensure a healthy body. According to the US Surgeon General, “Oral health is integral to the general health and well-being of the population. Oral health must be included in the provision of health care and in the design of community programs”.
Oral health is essential to overall health. Good oral health improves our ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and make facial expressions that show our feelings and emotions. But, did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?
Your mouth is full of bacteria, and most of it is harmless. With a good oral hygiene routine you keep this bacteria under control and avoid further problems, but without the proper brushing and flossing bacteria can reach higher levels leading to oral problems and subsequently to larger health concerns.
Poor oral health has been shown to contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:
- Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. See here for more information.
- Endocarditis. The infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, including your mouth, spread through your bloodstream. As they move through your body that can attach to certain areas of your heart. See here for more information.
- Pregnancy and birth complications. It has been shown that periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. See here for more information.
While all of this may sound daunting, you can improve your oral health with simple achievable measures.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day or more with Natch Toothpaste!
- Floss daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months
- Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Of course, we recommend you speak with your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about your existing oral care routine.