Do we start in the attic or the basement: Holistic Dental Health
Dental Health Influences your Overall Health
If you are like me, you are inspired by the idea of spring cleaning, but as soon as you think about where to start, you loose a little motivation.
Similarly, healthy living seems to be an exciting idea for many people. Where to start?? Many have recognized that eating and exercise are important. But nobody ever thinks about their teeth.
Can your teeth really influence how healthy you feel and are?
You might be surprised to learn that badly cared for teeth influence a lot more than your mouth.
The term “Holistic” can refer to dentists that exclusively use natural remedies. However, whether or not your dentist uses natural remedies, your dental health can influence your whole person and your whole health.
It has to do with gum disease. Unfortunately, this is a common type of dental problem in the United States.
Bacteria in the Bloodstream
Here is how:
Your mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. If you are not taking care of your teeth and gums, the bacteria can lodge itself in the gums. From there, the bacteria leaks into the bloodstream. If it continues doing this without treatment, serious problems can develop. Prevention.com references heart disease, memory loss, respiratory infections, and fertility problems as different parts of your whole health that can take a hit.
If you have chronic gum disease, your body is probably constantly dealing with bacteria in the bloodstream.
The good news is that these affects are so preventable. If you are taking care of your teeth (brushing and flossing) you are also taking care of your gums. If you are diligent and see your dentist regularly, you should never have to deal with this phenomenon