It is common for people to take their oral health for granted. But it is important to realize how important the health of our mouth, teeth and gums is to our overall health and well-being. Let’s take a closer look at what we know.

The connection between oral and overall health

So what is the connection between your oral and overall health? Well, the Mayo Clinic notes that, like other parts of your body, your mouth actually teams up with bacteria. While this is mostly harmless, it can potentially get to other parts of your body.

That’s because your mouth is like an entry point to different parts of your body like your digestive and respiratory tracts. And when bacteria gets into those areas, some of the bacteria can cause diseases like endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. That is why it is important to maintain a regular dental health care regimen. 

Here’s how you can protect your oral health

When it comes to protecting your oral health, there are some things you should do. Those are:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cleaning between your teeth every day with floss or a water pick.
  • Eating a healthy diet and limiting food with added sugars. 
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. 
  • Using mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
  • Replacing your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are worn. 
  • Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings. 

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to schedule a dental cleaning and to learn more about what you can do to improve your oral health.