Take Care of Your Health by Taking Care of Your Teeth

By Lauren Turinetti | February 28, 2018

We all know that taking care of ourselves is important for overall wellness. However, have you ever thought about how your oral hygiene affects the rest of your body? Not only is it important to take care of your teeth, but the habits that you form and the things that you avoid while doing so can also have some great benefits for the rest of your body. Here are a few things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and your body strong.

Visit the Dentist

Have you ever had a toothache that just won’t go away? If you have, you know how distracting that pain can be and how hard it can be to function. Not only is this kind of pain annoying, but some research has also indicated that poor oral health is actually linked to heart problems and birth complications. It’s important to keep up with your daily oral hygiene, but, just as you should see a doctor for a regular check-up, it is important to see a dentist regularly. Some little problems won’t be noticed until they are out of control unless you see your dentist regularly. They can fix cavities and cracks easily, and they will identify early signs of gum disease, or other problems. While you can’t control everything with your health, as Markham Dental points out, part of your dentist’s job is to help you improve your daily dental hygiene routine, which can reduce your chance of encountering problems.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking can have a horrible impact on your teeth, and it is incredibly bad for your health as well. A smoker’s mouth often has characteristicly yellow teeth and stains that are incredibly hard to remove. It can even lead to loss of taste and tooth decay. In the worst scenarios, smoking can lead to gum disease and oral cancer. Not only does it cause problems for your mouth, but it also causes irreparable damage to your lungs. It weakens your lungs, makes it harder to process oxygen, and makes you more susceptible to problems like collapsed lungs. Even if you are healthy in every other way, smoking will destroy your body. Just don’t smoke, and if you already do, take steps to quit.

Minimize Sugar

Sweet treats are tasty but overdoing it can take a toll. Too much sugar is unhealthy in a lot of ways, and damaging teeth is one of them. Cavities are more common in people who eat a lot of sugary foods, especially if they don’t brush their teeth regularly. Additionally, your body can only handle so much sugar without seeing adverse effects. That means that even if you are cleaning your teeth to avoid cavities, you are overworking your liver. Too much sugar can also cause inflammation in your joints, which can make exercise pretty painful. If you just have to have something sweet, fruits can satisfy cravings for something sweet without the harmful effects of candy, cookies, and soda. 

It might not seem like a lot at first, but your oral health can play a huge role in keeping all of you healthy. Our bodies are complex, and no one part is separate from the rest. Don’t neglect any area when you are taking care of yourself.

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