If you have recently begun a journey towards a healthier and more active lifestyle, then you may have already overhauled what you eat and how you spend your time. These can be important steps towards feeling and looking your best. But you should not overlook your oral hygiene in an effort to move towards health. That’s because the health of your mouth can affect your whole body, and either aid in your fitness journey or detract from the hard work you’re putting in. Understanding the correlations between your body and your mouth can help you take better care of yourself.
Why Your Oral Health Matters
Is it any surprise that your whole body can be affected by your oral health? When your gums are inflamed, one of the first symptoms of gum disease, this can have adverse affects on your overall wellbeing.
Systemic inflammation has been linked with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, complications during pregnancy and other illnesses and diseases. Though medical doctors and dentist are still conducting research to understand the connections, it seems clear that poor gum health can worsen other conditions, and vice versa. That is why prevention of periodontal disease (gum disease) is essential to maintaining your health.
If you already have symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, a professional dental cleaning could help reverse the effects and restore your health. If your gum disease has already progressed, you may need more advanced ultrasonic scaling in order to thoroughly rid your mouth of plaque buildup and to restore health.
Taking Care of Your Teeth and Yourself
Many of the steps necessary to taking good care of your smile are quite simple, and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. For instance:
- You should be drinking at least eight cups of water each day, potentially more depending on your weight and your activity level.
- Eating lots of fresh vegetables and fruits can help provide your body with proper nutrition and help keep your mouth clean in between brushings.
- Flossing should be a part of your nightly routine. It helps remove food particles and bacteria that tooth brushing leaves behind. Did you know unhealthy gums can cause fatigue, among other worse symptoms?
- Limiting sugar is not only crucial to maintaining a healthy diet, and waistline. It’s imperative to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, as the bacteria in your mouth feeds on sugars, and too much can cause the bacteria to erode your teeth.