Having a good dental care routine is important. It keeps your teeth, gums and mouth in great shape. You’ll lessen your chances of gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, bad breath and other common dental issues.
But did you know that good dental hygiene goes beyond that? Maintaining your pearly whites can also affect your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to some serious health issues.
Here’s what you need to know about the links between dental health and overall health.
The health of your mouth can help identify underlying health issues. Systemic diseases, such as diabetes, can display early warning signs in your mouth. In fact, 90% of systemic diseases have an oral manifestation. Problems like ulcers, dry mouth or swollen gums can be linked to heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.
Keeping up with your dental health can help pinpoint dental issues that may be a result of an overall health issue -- and not just poor hygiene.
When you think of dental problems, you probably think of gum disease and cavities. However, plaque build-up is one of the most dangerous problems.
Saliva is your first line of defense against plaque and bacteria. It contains enzymes that destroy bacteria and minimize build-up. However, saliva isn’t a cure-all. Dental plaque can’t be completely avoided due to the hundreds of different types of oral bacteria.
Too much plaque can lead to inflamed gums and decaying teeth. It’s important to brush and floss every day to lessen the amount of plaque in your mouth.
If plaque is left untreated, it can lead to gum disease, infection and tooth loss. It has also been linked to dementia, heart disease and diabetes. Pregnant women have also experienced premature birth.
Scientists are still working on the solid link between oral health and systemic health issues. It’s believed that bacteria in the mouth gets into the bloodstream and then damages major organs. Additionally, inflammation in the mouth is thought to increase inflammation in other areas of the body.
Poor health from poor dental hygiene is one thing. Yet you also have to think about what chemicals and ingredients you’re using to keep your mouth clean. Have you looked at the ingredients in your toothpaste lately…?
Many of the top commercial brands of toothpaste contain harmful ingredients. These ingredients have been linked to endocrine disruption, skin irritation and an increased risk of cancer.
Harmful ingredients to avoid include: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, and propylene glycol. If your toothpaste is made with these, you’re putting your health at risk.
Now is the time to learn about healthier options for all-natural dental care. You’ll be able to keep your teeth and mouth clean with damaging your overall health.
The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste, look at the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce most of them, you should be concerned. Your best best is to search for an all-natural tooth powder.
Tooth powder will effectively clean your teeth and remineralize them for increased protection. Store-bought toothpaste doesn’t contain the minerals your teeth need to remineralize. It also kills the good bacteria in your mouth.
Another way to get one step closer to a healthier brushing routine is to use a natural toothbrush. The dangerous materials in plastic and resin-based brushes can break off while brushing. However, if you brush with a toothbrush made from bamboo or other natural materials, you’ll lessen the chance of swallowing harmful things. Some natural brushes even have charcoal bristles for a naturally brighter smile!
Brushing and flossing do more than just protect your smile. They also protect your health and minimize the risk of fatal health risks. So brush better for your mouth and your body.
Most of us consider deodorant an absolutely essential part of our morning routine. Honestly, leaving the house without deodorant can feel just as embarrassing as arriving to work without pants.
But there’s a major problem with this ritual. Deodorant itself isn’t dangerous, but the most common modern forms of deodorant, especially aluminum-based antiperspirants, are bad news. As a health-conscious consumer, you want — deserve! — to know what you’re putting on and in your body.
Aluminum-free deodorant is the best choice for your skin, your wallet, and your health.
When you hear a funny joke, do you automatically smile wide and laugh, or do you self-consciously cover your mouth and give your best closed-lip grin? If you’re too embarrassed to reveal your brown- and yellow-stained teeth to others, you’re definitely not alone!
If you’re anything like me, you’re frustrated by messy peroxide whitening systems that cause unbearable sensitivity without any lasting results. But you don’t have to surrender to those expensive bleach kits! If you really want dazzling white teeth without the pain and tooth damage, learn how to naturally whiten teeth using my revolutionary, non-toxic LED light system.
You know it well — the knot in your stomach when it’s time to smile in front of other people. The dread of opening your mouth to reveal teeth stained yellow and brown. Ugh!
We’ve all been there. Unfortunately, most of us have also turned to commercial whitening kits to remove our stains and give us the confidence to smile again. I say “unfortunately” because most whitening kits are train wrecks waiting to happen. Sensitivity, enamel damage, gum inflammation, and inconsistent whitening are just a few of the side effects associated with peroxide whitening treatments.