It is debated whether the eyes are the window to the soul–but the mouth is definitely the gateway to the body. Your mouth health and your overall health are closely linked. The state of your gums, teeth, and other oral tissues can certainly impact your other bodily systems, and systemic illnesses can adversely affect your oral health.
At Justin Karrel DMD, we know that exemplary mouth health is important to your overall health. Poor oral health and hygiene has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other serious health problems. On the other hand, a healthy mouth assists with proper nutrition, helps promote social interaction with others, promotes self esteem, and helps create a general feeling of well-being.
A few ways to keep your mouth as healthy as possible are:
-brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time
-floss your teeth every day
-schedule (and keep!) your biannual dentist appointments
– don’t smoke or use tobacco
-manage dry mouth with the help of your dentist
It is important to note that bacteria in the mouth can cause infection in other parts of your body, and systemic bodily conditions or illness can also affect oral health.
For more information, call Justin Karrel DMD in Staunton, Virginia, at 540-885-1631 . Dr. Justin Karrel and our team are happy to help you!