Want To Stay Fit and Healthy? Start with Your Teeth

Oral Health and Overall Health Go Hand-in-Hand

Just brushing and flossing every day can help prevent disease in the rest of your body. It has been proved time and again that improving your oral health can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which in turn can lead to serious medical problems. Oral diseases have been linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke; according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

When your dentist examines you, he or she can determine your medical condition in a certain way. That’s because your oral health can be a reflection of the overall health of your body. For instance, if you already have a chronic condition such as diabetes, you are at a greater risk for oral disease, such as gingivitis, oral yeast infections (thrush) and mouth ulcers.

The mouth is full of bacteria of different types, mostly harmless. If you practice good oral hygiene and are otherwise healthy, your body’s defenses can normally overcome infections. However, some factors may compromise oral health and allow an imbalance between the harmless and harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Some of these factors are poor oral hygiene which can lead to a buildup of bacteria; medications that decrease saliva, such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and antidepressants, leading to a condition called ‘dry mouth’ that increases susceptibility to tooth decay; also, conditions that affect the immune system that allow bacteria to proliferate more easily.

There can be certain medical conditions that are linked to poor oral health. Conditions like cardiovascular disease have been found out to have oral bacteria links, and endocarditis, a potential fatal inflammation of the inner lining of the heart also have the same links. There’s also rheumatoid arthritis and head and neck cancers. Periodontitis has been linked to low birth weight and premature birth.

Minding your oral health is an investment in overall health. So practice good oral hygiene, eat a healthy, balanced diet, avoid excess sugar, stop smoking, and go for regular dental check-ups.

Taking Care of Your Oral Health in Bellingham

Know more about other medical benefits of good oral health when you visit us at Tetrick Family Dentistry, your friendly and experience oral management team in Bellingham, WA.


Benefits To Teeth: When You Cut Out Sugar

The Excesses of Sugar

While cutting off excess sugar from your diet can improve your health – weight loss, better skin, mental clarity – you also know that the same can benefit your teeth and other oral structures as well. Here are five great ways your mouth can benefit from if you remove excess sugar in your food and drink consumption.

You lower the incidence of tooth decay. Bacteria is normally and unavoidably present in our mouths so that they attack sugar in food debris left on tooth surfaces and crevices. Later the mixture will turn acidic and destroy tooth enamel. Some experts say that it’s not necessarily about how much sugar is consumed but at what speed you’re consuming it at. The longer the teeth are exposed to sugar, the more time the bacteria in your mouth has to create the acid and rot your teeth.

You improve overall health. With less tooth decay and less chance of cavities, tooth loss is minimized. This proves beneficial to overall health as well. Many studies have linked oral hygiene to heart health. A recent study even showed a link between gum disease and risk level for getting heart disease. With less sugar in your diet, you keep your mouth in shape, that in turn positively affects the body.

You’ll have less tooth discoloration. Sugar can cause cavities which in turn cause dark discoloration. This is not like tooth stain which can come from coffee or tea. So if the mouth is clean and as cavity-free as possible, there should be no worry about your teeth turning dark or black from decay and cavities.

Your breath becomes fresher and better. Sugar feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath, so the more sugar you’re eating the more bad breath you’re creating. With less sugar, breath will improve, is fresher and better. Sugar-free candy or gum is a better option than chewing mint gum.

You’ll have a healthier mouth. People are mistaken when they think that fruit juices are not as bad or not as sugary as soda, but sugar is sugar whether it’s coming from fruit or candy. Unless it’s xylitol, researched to hinder tooth decay, any kind of simple sugars are going to affect oral hygiene. From a dentist’s perspective, if you’re not able to completely eliminate sugar from your diet, as long as a healthy mouth is maintained – brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, regular and timely cleanings – your teeth will last.

Ensuring Healthy Mouths in Bellingham

We think of healthy mouths and healthy bodies when we think of less sugar. While that’s a tough act to follow we should at least perfect our oral hygiene and come for regular visits to your Bellingham dentist.

Flossing: A Must-Do Routine with Brushing

Undeniable Benefits of Flossing

As your dentist say, tooth brushing and flossing go hand in hand in maintaining oral health. Can’t do one without the other. Both are a part of daily hygiene routine. Flossing cleans those parts of the teeth which the toothbrush can’t reach. To ignore it can lead to problematic dental issues that you are trying to avoid. Here are the top benefits when you floss.

Flossing removes plaque. Plaque forms on tooth surfaces, in between your teeth, and even under the gum line. While brushing can take out that sticky coating, a result of food debris and bacteria mix, on visible surfaces even before they turn to plaque, it can also remove some that lodge between your teeth. Some, but not all. Flossing removes that when you slide your floss in between. Daily flossing also prevents plaque formation and its accumulation, known as tartar or hardened plaque.

Flossing prevents bad breath. When plaque hardens between teeth and is not completely removed by brushing, it can emit a foul odor. Bad breath in the mouth results from unattended plaque and plaque buildup in between your teeth and under the gumline.

Flossing makes toothbrushing more effective. Flossing and brushing are more efficacious than brushing alone. It is actually best to floss first and then brush. Flossing removes food debris and left over plaque from the sides of teeth and other tooth surfaces making brushing easier. Brush bristles, with the aid of toothpaste and the proper motions, reach every part of the tooth surfaces and scrape off film and debris well. Using a mouthwash after flossing and brushing makes the routine perfect.

Flossing and oral hygiene keeps you healthy. If your oral hygiene routine is thorough, which includes flossing, you tend to enjoy better oral health. You keep gum disease at bay which starts off as gingivitis.

It is a widely rampant condition of the gums and if left to take its course can lead to its more serious form – periodontitis. The condition is well documented to link with some serious medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Flossing saves a lot of money. Regular flossing protects your teeth and gums enabling you to preserve your tissues for longer. You tend to keep potential dental issues at bay, such as caries, decay, bad breath, mouth sores, gingivitis, and more. While regular visits to the dentist, at least every 6 months, can spot potential problems, it is also an occasion to have teeth in-office cleaning. While the visits contribute to maintenance of oral health, flossing is still a personal endeavor that saves you money in the long term.

Learn how to floss properly. Ask our Bellingham dentist during your appointment. Need to make an appointment? Make an appointment online.