Your smile is linked to more than just your appearance. It is also one area of the body that, if not taken care of, can cause a host of problems throughout the body. Many patients are not aware of the oral systemic connection and how what they do for their smile impacts the whole body.
What is the oral systemic connection?
Periodontal disease is an infection that develops in the smile. However, the bacteria in the mouth can enter into the bloodstream and be carried to other areas of the body. This can result in problems such as inflammation that can increase a patient’s risk for strokes, heart disease, and other medical conditions. With proper oral health and hygiene habits, many patients can improve the health of their smiles—and their bodies!
What are some ways to keep the smile and body healthy?
Below are recommendations from our team regarding the health and wellness of your teeth and body!
- Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once to keep the smile healthy
- Use an electric toothbrush which can be more effective at removing plaque and tartar
- Change your toothbrush regularly, especially if bristles are frayed or if you have recently been sick
- Use a toothpaste that has fluoride and is approved by the ADA (American Dental Association)
- Visit the dentist regularly to monitor oral health
- Avoid or reduce consumption of foods that are high in sugar and acid content
- Treat problems as soon as they occur to keep them from becoming even more problematic in the future
- Listen to your dentist’s advice regarding oral healthcare habits and routines
- Visit the dentist as soon as problems arise—don’t wait until your next scheduled visit
Schedule a visit with Dr. Steven E. Holbrook to learn more about oral health and full-body wellness
If you reside in the Albuquerque, NM community and want to speak with our team about good oral health habits, call (505) 881-1159 to request an appointment today. We are located at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Suite C and accept new patients and families. With general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, Dr. Steven E. Holbrook can help keep your smile—and body—healthy for life!