The human body is made up of complex systems all of which are linked to each other in unique ways. The oral systemic connection is the philosophy that oral health plays a major role in overall wellbeing. In other words, a healthy mouth can lead to a healthy life. At the office of Dr. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D in Boston, MA, this philosophy is the guiding principal behind the care we provide.
The link between a healthy mouth and a healthy life
Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body and many studies have shown the link between poor oral health and other systemic medical conditions. Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems among adults. The impact of the disease when left untreated can have multiple consequences, including increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
It is also important to point out that it is not a one-way connection. Oral symptoms such as dry mouth, red/inflamed gums, and sores can be indicators of problems throughout the body.
Ways to improve whole body health through oral care
The following are recommendations for you to improve the health of your mouth and your body.
- Establish and maintain a good oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes at a time. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and cover all surfaces of the teeth. Floss at least once each day to eliminate food particles trapped between teeth.
- Visit the dentist twice yearly. These visits are important for several reasons. First is the professional cleaning that will remove any buildup from the teeth that could lead to decay. The second is the examination which allows us to identify problems early. The third is the screenings we provide for oral cancer.
- Practice good nutrition. What we put into our bodies is a large piece of the puzzle when it comes to wellness. Eat a diet low in sugars and processed foods and instead opt for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and dairy.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps your mouth produce saliva which is essential in rinsing away the sugars in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay.
To book an appointment at the office of Dr. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D in Boston, MA, call (617) 581-0689.