How Good Oral Hygiene Can Improve Your Overall Health and Wellness

It’s been scientifically proven that maintaining good oral hygiene has a positive impact on your overall health. Taking care of your teeth can prevent cavities and tooth decay. It can also prevent some heart diseases and complications with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and more.

The dental experts at Buchanan Dental Arts in Buchanan, New York understand the importance of good oral health. They help patients with everything from root canals to sleep apnea and gum disease treatments. Our dentists know that good oral health leads to good overall health and wellness.

How good oral hygiene improves health

Your mouth is the doorway for your respiratory and digestive systems. Anything that goes into your mouth eventually makes its way into your body.

Like it or not, your mouth is filled with bacteria all the time. With that said, brushing and flossing twice a day is usually enough to keep the really bad stuff under control. However, sometimes we have to take special care to ensure our oral health is top-notch so we don’t have problems with our wellness in the future.

Medications and oral health

If you take medications, even over-the-counter (OTC) medications, you may be unintentionally harming your oral health. Having a dry mouth is one of the most common side effects when taking medication, and dry mouth can cause problems beyond an itchy throat.

When you experience dry mouth, it’s because your body has stopped producing an appropriate amount of saliva. Saliva is very important for your overall health, not just your oral health. Saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing acids produced by plaque, and it helps stop food particles from building up between teeth. 

In short, saliva helps your body break down foods and fights bacteria and fungi in the mouth before it enters your respiratory or digestive tract. Dry mouth helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay as well. You can combat dry mouth by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and keeping a humidifier nearby to keep the air moist.

Diabetes and oral health

Diabetics are prone to gum disease and other oral health problems. Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight infections, which puts diabetics at higher risk of oral health issues. The dental professionals at Buchanan Dental Arts know all about gum disease, how to fight it, and how to treat it properly. Gum disease can lead to gingivitis, receding gums, and even tooth loss. That's why it's important to stop gum disease in its tracks. 

The good news is that all this can be prevented with regular dental check-ups, and by making brushing and flossing a normal part of your hygiene routine.

Alzheimer’s disease and oral health

Some researchers believe that good oral health is connected directly to Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at Harvard Medical School believe that bacteria from your mouth can end up in your brain. The same bacteria that lead to gum disease can migrate to the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, destroying nerve cells and causing memory loss. 

Thankfully, gum disease is entirely preventable and even reversible with proper dental care. Make sure to come see us for regular check-ups, and brush your teeth after each meal.

Caring for your teeth has many benefits. Good oral care helps prevent serious issues, so you can stay healthy. Visit us online or call at 914-737-6300 to schedule your regular check-up.

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