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3 Facts about your Oral Health that you Probably didn’t know

Dr Devine Oral Health

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Many people are committed to taking care of their health by exercising daily, and eating healthy, for the most part. (Don’t worry, cheat day can be between you and that extra slice of pizza!). But, there’s one aspect of our health that too often people ignore – oral hygiene. Ironically, you can’t really be healthy if your teeth and gums aren’t in good shape also. Today on the blog, Nashville dentists Drs. Brian Devine and Russell Mack of Devine Dentistry want to share three facts about your oral health that you probably didn’t know. And, we will throw in some tips on how you can protect your oral health in ways to keep your body healthy, too.

  1. Poor oral hygiene can affect your heart health.

Study after study proves a connection between oral health and heart health. An article published by the Harvard Medical Publishing highlights this fact. Since gum disease involves inflammation in the mouth, it can cause a cascading effect throughout the body, including the heart. Plus, some studies have found oral bacteria in the plaque found in the arteries of heart disease patients. A simple way to help reduce your risk of heart disease goes beyond just pounding the pavement every morning for your routine jog, but should also include flossing every day. While most people are pretty keen to brush regularly, flossing doesn’t seem to be part of their daily habit. Just think, this simple task that takes only two minutes max could reduce your risk of a heart attack.

  1. Your dentist can tell if you are diabetic just by looking at your gums.

Periodontal or gum disease is an early warning flag for people with diabetes, especially if they are unaware of their condition. The best way to confirm whether or not you have diabetes is to receive a blood glucose test by a physician. But, your dentists in Nashville may be able to identify early symptoms of type 2 diabetes just by looking at your mouth. Inflamed gums and dry mouth often are symptoms that diabetics battle. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in four Americans that are affected by type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. Furthermore, type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and vascular conditions. This presents another good reason why committing to those twice-yearly dental cleanings and checkups are essential for your health.

  1. Gum disease can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

A study published by Medical News Today states that severe cases of gum disease increase the risk of dementia. Considering that more than half of adults in the U.S. have gum disease, this risk becomes even more significant. There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. But what if you could reduce your risk just by taking better care of your teeth? Gum disease starts when you fail to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing daily, and skip out on going to the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Even if you are diligent about your oral hygiene routine at home, you still need to get dental cleanings from your dental hygienist. That’s the only way to remove tartar buildup, which, by the way, develops on everybody’s teeth.

So remember, along with your daily exercise routine and commitment to eating healthy, it takes your due diligence of brushing and flossing daily, paired with twice-yearly dental visits to help keep your mouth, and your body healthy.

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As you can see, there is more than one connection between your oral health and your overall health. For far too long, people haven’t associated the connection, yet study after study highlights the importance of good oral hygiene. If you would like to learn more, or schedule an appointment, just call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209. We welcome patients from Belle Meade and Green Hills area of Nashville.