While oral health is mostly linked with the mouth and the throat, you would be surprised by how much your oral health impacts other parts of the body. If you take care of your mouth, it will resonate with the rest of your body and you will feel the good (or bad) effects all throughout.
When you watch what you eat, you help both your mouth, as well as your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Diets that are high in sugar are those that contribute to packing on the calories in your body, as well as give the bacteria in your mouth a good breeding ground.
If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, you not only get a good dose of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber in your diet; but it’s good for your dental health as well. For instance, raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables act as natural abrasives to clean the surface and crannies of your teeth – leaving you with less build-up and less dullness.
Avoiding smoking also helps your overall health, as well as you oral health. When you avoid smoking, you avoid exposing your lungs and other organs to thousands of toxic compounds such as carbon monoxide, tar, and ammonia. So not only do you save your vital organs, but you save your teeth and gums too.
Lessening alcohol consumption can also help promote good oral hygiene. Drinking alcohol helps dehydrate the mouth, which makes it more conducive to bacterial growth. Again, by avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, you can save your teeth in addition to your liver.
So by paying special attention to your oral health, you can boost your overall health. In other words, aiming to have a healthy mouth can result in a healthy body overall – and vice versa. Contact your local dentist to find out how you can improve your oral health.