Bettering your health and yourself is a goal for many adults across the globe. While we tend to consider our waistline as the ultimate measurement of vitality, body mass index and fat percentage are not the sole indicators of wellbeing. Weight often varies due to genetics, body composition and lifestyle. And, a “healthy weight” doesn’t paint the full picture of what’s going on internally.
Rather, improving your health can be considered a holistic approach which incorporates all aspects of the body, including the mouth. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases show symptoms in the oral cavity. Saliva testing is used to detect environmental toxins, hormone levels, antibodies and infections. For example, at-home tests use saliva to detect specific antibodies related to HIV and could eventually replace blood tests for diagnosis. Plaque, gingivitis and periodontitis are all associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even bacterial pneumonia is linked with poor oral health.
Understanding the importance of oral health on your entire body, start with these three easy routines to be proactive in your total wellbeing:
1. Brush Consistently
Developing a consistent, habit-forming routine of brushing and flossing is imperative. Regularly cleaning teeth and gums eradicates the buildup of damaging food particles and acids that you encounter every day – even while you sleep! Brush and floss morning and night in the very least. Brushing in the afternoon is recommended for fully cleansing the mouth of harmful bacteria. If you are accustomed to using mouthwash, opt for an alcohol-free solution that isn’t harsh on the mouth’s soft tissue.
2. Eat Fresh
Did you know that there are foods which naturally “brush” your teeth? Fiber-rich fruits and veggies, like apples and carrots, help scrub plaque and debris off tooth surfaces, allowing for a fresher and healthier mouth. The benefits of eating well travel beyond your mouth. Maintaining a balanced diet is key to ensuring every part of you works properly.
3. Don’t Skip a Visit
Visiting the dentist might be a chore for some, but deep cleanings every six months are necessary for oral health upkeep. Plus, any conditions or symptoms that might be associated with a greater problem are often diagnosed in the dentist’s chair. Keep your holistic dentistry visits a bi-annual promise in order to take the reins on your complete wellbeing.
At Assure A Smile, we specialize in dentistry but understand how oral health links to your entire body. To learn more about the importance of holistic healthcare and develop healthier habits for a better you, contact us today at 305-274-0047.