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You Really Can Live Better Through Dentistry
Did you know that a healthy mouth means a healthy body...a healthy heart...even
a healthy sex life? It’s true! And just by changing certain habits related to oral hygiene you can improve
the health of your mouth and teeth and lessen your risk for a whole host of illnesses.
“You cannot be healthy with an unhealthy mouth any more than one can be healthy
with an infected foot,” says Richard H. Price, DMD, spokesperson for the American
Dental Association and a former clinical instructor at the Boston University Dental
He’s absolutely right.
Researchers at the ADA have found that periodontitis
(the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with
health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. It appears that bacteria in the
mouth may cause inflammation throughout the body, including the arteries. Gingivitis (oral inflammation due to bacteria) may also play a role in clogged
arteries and blood clots, possibly increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Love Life
There’s nothing like bad breath to turn off the opposite sex. 22-year-old UK superstar
Joss Stone famously remarked, “There's nothing worse than bad breath. I've snogged
people with bad breath who smelt of (cigarettes)
and beer and it made me feel sick.
Joss isn’t alone. A report from a US mouthwash company revealed that nearly three
quarters of the people polled said they wouldn’t let a person they found attractive
kiss them if they had bad breath.
Plus, simply worrying about your partner smelling and/or kissing your malodorous
mouth can take the joy and spontaneity out of your sex life. Good oral health literally
‘takes the worry out of being close’ as they used to say in the Ban deodorant ads.
So improving your sex life means doing things that improve your blood flow, and
that means taking care of your teeth and gums.
Pregnant women with periodontitis may
be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants. The
theory is that oral bacteria release toxins, which interfere with the growth and
development of the baby. At the same time, oral infection can cause a mother to
produce labor-triggering substances too quickly, potentially triggering premature
labor and birth.
And some studies suggest that periodontitis
can make it more difficult for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar!
Your Dentist is Also Your Doctor
Your mouth is a window into what's going on in the rest of your body, detecting
the early signs and symptoms of systemic disease — a disease that affects or pertains
to your entire body, not just one of its parts. Many diseases, including diabetes,
often first become apparent as oral problems. In fact, according to the Academy
of General Dentistry, more than 90% percent of all systemic diseases produce oral
signs and symptoms.
So what does the health of your mouth have to do with your overall health?
In a word, plenty. It’s just one more reason that regular dental check-ups are so important.
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