It is important to maintain the health of your mouth, teeth and gums. The health of your mouth affects the health of your body. It is important to teach your children dental habits at an early age, because it will pay off when they get older. My mother took me to the dentist when I was a child, and I can attest that it has benefitted me and my overall health decades later.
According to WebMD website, there are 6 ways Dental Hygiene helps to keep you well.
- Boosts your self-esteem and confidence: Decayed teeth, gum disease, and bad breath affects your self image. With healthy gums and teeth you can eat better, sleep better, and live life without tooth pain and mouth infections. The cost of getting regular dental checkups will help prevent serious dental issues. And that will save you money.
- May lower risk of heart disease: Some studies have shown a link between gum disease and other serious health issues in the body. Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems, such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.
- Preserves your memory: According to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, adults with gingivitis (gum disease) performed worse on memory tests and other cognitive skills than did those with healthy teeth and gums.
- Reduces risks of infections and inflammation in your body: Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Experts say the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both these diseases is similar.
- Helps keep blood sugar stable if you have Diabetes: Diabetes affects the immune system. People with uncontrolled Diabetes often have gum disease. Watch your blood sugar and get regular dental checkups to help prevent gingivitis.
- Helps pregnant women carry a baby to term: Some research suggests a relationship between gum disease and preterm, low-birthweight infants. If you’re pregnant, visit your dentist as part of your prenatal care.
Dentists suggest to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss and use mouthwash once a day.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR