Many of the things that we do to keep our teeth and gums healthy contribute to maintaining overall good health as well. The correlation between chronic illness and problems with dentition are well documented. Twice yearly visits with your dentist partnered with daily brushing and flossing are just a few of the things that will safeguard dental health.
Eating a well-balanced diet, getting sufficient rest, keeping your body properly hydrated, and avoiding the use of tobacco in any form are going to help you maintain overall health. These are largely the same things we can do for dental health as well, barring a traumatic event that leads to tooth loss.
Well-balanced diet – This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (you can substitute canned or frozen during off season). Many pre-packaged foods contain artificial ingredients to allow for longer shelf life. In addition, there are added sugar and fats to make them flavorful.
Adding whole grains, healthy protein, and dairy products will allow you to eat a diet that is high in the vitamins and nutrients needed to sustain great overall health.
Dietary things to avoid include sugar laden snacks and beverages, soda, and many highly processed foods (these are OK on a limited basis and for special occasions).
Sufficient rest and proper hydration are things many people sacrifice in the daily rush of school, work, and keeping up with day to day activities. But dehydration and sleeplessness will eventually catch up with you increasing the likelihood of illness or dental problems.
Tobacco use – It goes without saying that tobacco in any form poses a danger to health, but did you know that tobacco users are twice as likely to be faced with periodontal disease (gum disease) with the potential of tooth loss?
Dental decay and gum disease are often the result of neglect. Brushing twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste, flossing every day to remove what your tooth brush missed and seeing your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam are steps that consume very few minutes of your day, but can have a huge impact on dental and overall health.
Patients already dealing with chronic illness need to be particularly aware that their medical condition and oral health are closely linked, so properly managed care will contribute to maintaining both.
To learn more about maintaining a healthy mouth, contact our skilled and professional team today!