How Oral Health Impacts Overall Health

 In Dental Hygiene, General Dentistry, Health

Your oral health impacts not only your teeth, gums, and mouth but also your overall health. Here are two significant benefits to keeping your mouth healthy and happy!

Disease Fighting

Your mouth is the window to the rest of your body. The mouth is the largest entryway for germs or bacteria to enter your body. That is why it is so important to wash your hands before you eat, cover your mouth, and not drink after someone else who is potentially sick. According to Mayo Clinic, your mouth is the direct path to your digestive and respiratory tracts. If your oral hygiene is lacking, the likelihood of bacteria entering those tracts significantly increases.

Flossing, brushing, and regular visits to the dentist help build proper oral health. The purpose of flossing is to lower the opportunity for plaque build-up. Plaque is a soft and sticky film that forms on your teeth. This fil contains various types of bacteria and can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. This can easily compromise your oral health. Brushing your teeth provides the opportunity to clean your teeth of any leftover food and prevent plaque or tartar from forming. Visiting your dentist regularly ensures your teeth are observed by a professional, and if there are issues, they are caught sooner rather than later.

Confidence Building

Not only will a good smile keep your body healthy, but it also boosts your confidence. You are more likely to feel confident with a clean, fresh, bright smile than a dull, unhealthy smile. Your mouth is one of the first things people notice about you. Regardless of your profession, you regularly interact with people. If you are avoiding smiling or opening your mouth, it can look like you’re unapproachable. A healthy mouth allows you to appear warm, welcoming, and happy. If you have fresh breaths and a gorgeous smile, you will smile. Smiling is a great way to boost your mood, lower blood pressure, relieve pain, and relieve stress. People are more likely to interact with someone who looks happy and welcoming than someone who looks unapproachable. Your smile can benefit your work, relationships, and overall confidence in yourself!

For more information on how your overall health and oral health correlate, visit South Holston Dental! At South Holston Dental, we pride ourselves on the overall care of our patients. We work to ensure patients are happy with their overall results. We offer a variety of services, including but not limited to general dentistry, implant services, and cosmetic dentistry. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can check us out online here or reach us at (276) 466-9800 today!

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