Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

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Tak­ing good care of your mouth -- teeth and gums -- does more than help en­sure you have a bright, white smile. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hy­giene and oral health can im­prove your over­all health, re­duc­ing the risk of se­ri­ous dis­ease and per­haps even pre­serv­ing your mem­ory in your golden years. The phrase "healthy mouth, healthy you" re­ally is true -- and backed by grow­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence. It's never too early to start teach­ing your chil­dren to take care of their teeth and gums: Healthy habits learned in child­hood can pay off in adult­hood. Keep in mind th­ese six ways hav­ing healthy teeth and gums helps boost over­all health. Boosts Your Self-es­teem and Con­fi­dence: 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 also bound to be bet­ter -- you can eat

prop­erly, sleep bet­ter, and con­cen­trate with no aching teeth or mouth in­fec­tions to dis­tract you. May 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. Stud­ies sug­gest that main­tain­ing oral health can help pro­tect over­all health.

Pre­serves Your Mem­ory: Adults with gin­givi­tis (swollen, bleed­ing gums) per­formed worse on tests of mem­ory and other cog­ni­tive skills than did those with health­ier gums and mouths, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Jour­nal of Neu­rol­ogy, Neu­ro­surgery & Psy­chi­a­try. In­di­vid­u­als with gin­givi­tis were more likely to per­form poorly on two tests: de­layed ver­bal re­call and sub­trac­tion -- both skills used in ev­ery­day life. Us­ing an an­tibac­te­rial mouth­wash or tooth­paste can help re­duce bac­te­ria in the mouth that can cause gin­givi­tis. Re­duces Risks of In­fec­tion and In­flam­ma­tion in Your Body: Poor oral health has been linked with the de­vel­op­ment of in­fec­tion in other parts of the body. Re­search has found an as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween gum dis­ease and rheuma­toid arthri­tis, an au­toim­mune dis­ease that causes in­flam­ma­tion of the joints. Ex­perts say the mech­a­nism of the de­struc­tion of con­nec­tive tis­sues in both gum dis­ease and RA is sim­i­lar. Eat­ing a bal­anced diet, see­ing your den­tist reg­u­larly, and good oral hy­giene helps re­duce your risks of tooth de­cay and gum dis­ease. Helps Keep Blood Sugar Sta­ble if You Have Di­a­betes: Peo­ple 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. 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. Helps Preg­nant Women Carry a Baby to Term: Women may ex­pe­ri­ence in­creased gin­givi­tis dur­ing preg­nancy. Some re­search sug­gests a re­la­tion­ship be­tween gum dis­ease and preterm, low-birth-weight in­fants. If you're preg­nant, you should visit your den­tist reg­u­larly as part of your pre­na­tal care. *Reg. Con­sider$599 Un­tilit good March prac­tice31, 2017 for the role mod­el­ing that lies ahead for all new par­ents.

Dr. James Ko

Dr. Jerry Jesin

Dr. Robert Eisen

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