December 10, 2017
For years now, you’ve heard of the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, and you may have thought that was important just for the maintenance of oral health. But your dentist in Anaheim wants you to know that your oral health’s importance extends well beyond your mouth. It has even greater implications on your overall health. Learn more about this as you continue reading.
How Does Oral Health Affect Your Overall Health?
It’s easy to view each part of your body as a separate part, but the reality is that each section is just a portion of a vast, interconnected network. Nothing happens completely independently in the human body. So even the happenings in your mouth can have effects on the health of your legs or heart, for example.
A simple way to understand how this could be so is to picture the blood in your body as a huge ocean that flows all over. And the circulation of blood in your body is vital to your survival, but also is one way to explain why the events that happen in any area are never really isolated.
A specific example of how your oral health can impact your overall health is with plaque. The same waxy, sticky substance that we call plaque, that can accumulate on your teeth and wreak havoc, can build up in your arteries and cause even greater problems. So not only can failure to remove plaque through proper dental hygiene contribute to gum disease, it can also contribute to heart disease.
This helps to explain why oral hygiene and health are connected. The better you clean your teeth, the better your overall health will be.
How to Perform Oral Hygiene Properly
There are several factors to keep in mind when performing oral hygiene that will ensure you better health:
- Brushing – Brushing your teeth agitates debris and bacteria so they can be removed. It should be done at least twice a day for at least two minutes, with gentle strokes.
- Flossing – This is the ultimate compliment to brushing your teeth, as it goes into the areas that your brush can’t reach, removing harmful plaque and bacteria below the gum line. Pull 18 eighteen inches of floss and wrap each end around your middle finger until only one to two inches are exposed. Carefully slide the floss between your teeth and move back-and-forth to remove debris.
- Mouthwash – Mouthwash is an excellent supplement to brushing and flossing. It helps to bathe your mouth and remove any leftover food particles and bacteria. Also, by keeping the mouth wet, it helps to maintain the right environment, because a dry mouth is a playground for bacteria to flourish.
- Healthy Foods – Your diet regimen is also a part of your oral hygiene because when you eat healthier foods (like fruits and vegetables), you help create healthy saliva that aides in dissolving food and protects your teeth from cavities.
A final asset that you have is your Anaheim dentist. When you visit him semi-annually for a thorough cleaning and examination, you are taking a proactive step toward maintaining and improving your overall health.
About the Author
A graduate of the USC School Dentistry, Dr. Saeid Mohtashami has been practicing since 1998. Along the way, he has received extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is certified in IV sedation and implant dentistry. He practices at Hillsview Dental Care and be reached for more information through his website.
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