The Mouth-Body Connection:
6 Ways Oral Hygiene Helps Keep You Well
Taking good care of your mouth — teeth and gums — does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile.
A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true — and backed by growing scientific evidence.
It’s never too early to start teaching your children to take care of their teeth and gums: Healthy habits learned in childhood can pay off in adulthood. And, if you’re tempted to shrug off your good oral hygiene habits — brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly — remember that you’re a role model for your kids. Keep in mind these six ways having healthy teeth and gums helps boost overall health.
Boosts Your Self-esteem and Confidence
Decayed teeth and gum disease are often associated not only with an unsightly mouth but very bad breath — so bad it can affect your confidence, self-image, and self-esteem. With a healthy mouth that’s free of gum disease and cavities, your quality of life is also bound to be better — you can eat properly, sleep better, and concentrate with no aching teeth or mouth infections to distract you.
May Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.
Experts stop short of saying there is a cause-and-effect between gum disease and these other serious health problems, but the link has shown up in numerous studies. The findings of these studies may suggest that maintaining oral health can help protect overall health.
Preserves Your Memory
Adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
Those with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly on two tests: delayed verbal recall and subtraction — both skills used in everyday life.
Using an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste can help reduce bacteria in the mouth that can cause gingivitis.
Reduces Risks of Infection and Inflammation in Your Body
Poor oral health has been linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body.
Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. Experts say the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and RA is similar. Eating a balanced diet, seeing your dentist regularly, and good oral hygiene helps reduce your risks of tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss once a day.
Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable if You Have Diabetes
People with uncontrolled diabetes often have gum disease. Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to serious gum disease.
FROM DR. HODOUS
The most important long-term relationships are those that bolster our health and infuse a sense of confident well-being. And because of the critical relationship between your dental health to your overall health, my team is more committed than ever to providing an exceptional, well thought out and thorough dental experience.
We do not take your loyalty to our practice for granted. That you
continue to be our patient is a constant and genuine inspiration for us to reassess our performance, to seek technologies that are state-of-the-art, and to create an environment that inspires your confidence and ease.
We are dedicated to building upon your trust, and working hard
to provide the most comfortable environment. Thank you for being a part of our practice family!
In case you aren’t aware, January 1st for most of us, marks the time when your
dental insurance is “renewed”. So, along with all of your good resolutions for 2015, you will also have a full basket of dental benefits that are available for use over the course of the year.
If there is work you had put off last year that needs to be done, this would be a good time to schedule. Here’s looking toward a bright new year filled with lots of beautiful SMILES!
We Have a Winner!
We are pleased to announce the winner of our fourth quarter Referral Rewards drawing. Nicole DeBriyn won dinner at Powerhouse Seafood and a night at the Dickson Street Inn. Congratulations Nicole!
If you haven’t heard about our Rewards Program then you’re missing out. Simply refer your friends and family members and on March 31st you could be a WINNER! To learn more about how you could win just visit our website and start referring your friends and family now!
KUDOS TO YOU!
…to You Bryant Morales!
Our KUDOS Award
We love to ‘accentuate the positive’ so whether you come in for your appointment with great oral hygiene, have a great check-up, or just a positive attitude, we will enter you into our monthly drawing. It’s our way of showing our appreciation for you, our patients and the efforts and lasting impressions you leave on us.
So for November, we say “Congratulations Bryant Morales and KUDOS to you!”
For your chance to win a free gift card, schedule an appointment today and share your beautiful smile and happy outlook with us!
You know that guilty feeling that creeps in every time you bite into a piece of chocolate? Well it turns out that it may not be that bad. (Well, sort of) Recent Studies show that chocolate is actually good for your teeth – and your overall health.
Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and flavonols. Polyphenols prevent bacteria from turning the sugar and starches contained in chocolate into acids that cause decay. They can help reduce the chances of hypertension and stroke and may even help protect the heart. Dark chocolate is particularly high in flavonols and has more antioxidant power that green tea.
The cocoa butte contained in chocolate also packs a healthy punch. When you eat a piece of chocolate, the cocoa butter in it coats your teeth, preventing plaque from sticking to your teeth. And what about the ‘butter’ part of the cocoa butter – should you worry about fat? Nope. This kind does not raise cholesterol.
Now for the bad news. Chocolate is high in calories. One 1-ounce piece of dark chocolate can contain 150 calories or more. So if you’re watching your waistline, you’ll have to control yourself. Have a Happy Valentines Day and enjoy that piece of chocolate – it’s not that bad!
Get Your Vitamin C! Do you enjoy the idea of belonging to an elite group? Well. along with a fruit-eating bat, a species of trout, apes, guinea pigs and the red-vented bulbul bird, humans are among the few species that cannot synthesize their own vitamin C. Your gums need vitamin C to stay pink and healthy and to give you nice smelling breath and a youthful appearance.
How do you get enough Vitamin C? Well, you could eat two grapefruits a day like the participants of one study. The increased Vitamin C helped both smokers and non-smokers to improve their periodontal health. Thankfully though, the vitamin is abundantly available in foods as diverse as oranges, lemons, spinach, potatoes, guava and papaya.
Now get ready to SMILE – because humans are special in another way! Only we humans can cook. So you can get your Vitamin C whether you’re dining vegetarian or nouvelle cuisine, Chinese, Kosher, Italian, Mexican or Indian curry takeout!