January 2019 – Happy New Year

January 2019 – Happy New Year

posted 12/20/2018
January Health-bits

Happy New Year, 2019!!!

 

Now that we’re done with all the extra sweets for a time, (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) we need to concentrate how important keeping a healthy mouth is and its relationship to total body health. Make this number one on your resolution list!

 

Unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth can cause an inflammatory response and cause an oral infection. This leads to local inflammation and tissue damage. The evidence of this is redness, swelling, bleeding, receding gums, noticeable spaces between the teeth and gums, loss of bone support, and tooth loss. Untreated gum disease can lead to increased risk of Stroke, Respiratory Infections, Heart Disease and Uncontrolled Diabetes.

 

All of our body systems influence one another to our benefit or our demise. Adult periodontitis may cause increased risk of heart and cardiovascular disease and clotting concerns. The hazardous bacteria in the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs causing infections. Finally, smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by 20 times and periodontal disease is several times as likely to develop in those with type 2 diabetes as in non-diabetics. Diabetics have difficulty controlling blood sugar levels if they have unhealthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.

 

See your dentist twice a year. Get your teeth cleaned. Your dentist will examine your mouth and under your tongue to make certain all is healthy. Floss before brushing and brush at least twice daily. If you notice any changes from your normal, make an appointment to see your dentist. It can make a difference in your total body health.

 

Barbara