Did you know that the benefits of a healthy smile reach beyond your mouth? Experts have found that good oral hygiene not only decreases the risk of serious health issues but also improves overall health. Make the choice today to better take care of your teeth and gums to reap the benefits listed below.
Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease, has been found to be linked to heart disease. The theory is that bacteria from gum disease can get into the bloodstream and attach to fatty deposits (where cholesterol has built up under the skin) within blood vessels in the heart. Because of this association between the two, proper oral hygiene and gum care can protect you from both ailments.
Less Risk of Infection and Inflammation in the Body
Another surprising connection that experts have found is the link between poor oral health and infections within other parts of the body. Specifically, gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis have been found to correlate. The system involved in destroying the body’s connective tissues in both diseases has been found to be similar. To avoid infection and inflammation in your mouth and other areas of your body, be sure to take proper care of your teeth and gums.
Boost Mental Health and Quality of Life
The mental benefits of a healthy smile are well worth it. A mouth free of decaying teeth, gum disease, and tooth pain will help you concentrate better, eat properly, and improve your quality of sleep. Not to mention, when you have clean, healthy teeth, you are more likely to smile, which improves mood, lowers both blood pressure and stress, and boosts confidence.
Just by doing the basics – brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly – you will not only improve your oral health but your overall health as well. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, we are here to help you on your journey to a healthier smile. Contact us today!