Understanding The Mouth and Body Connection

In recognition of World Oral Health Month, take a moment to learn how your oral health affects your general health through the mouth and body connection

Think of your mouth as a window into what is going on throughout the rest of your body. For your dentist, this window functions as an integral detector of early signs of disease or health concerns pertinent to not only your mouth but your entire body.

A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand. It’s important to understand the close relationship between oral health and general health – and the impact that one has on the other – to know how to protect your mouth and body at all ages.

A HEALTHY MOUTH

Allows you to speak, smile, eat, drink – and perform other physical functions throughout life – and can also boost social interaction and promote self-esteem. 

 

AN UNHEALTHY MOUTH

Can cause discomfort, pain, disease, and can lead to social isolation and lack of self-confidence, as well as lost school or work days. 

“THINK MOUTH, THINK HEALTH”

Oral diseases present in countless ways; for example, oral diseases are linked to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and oral cancers, and commonly link to tooth decay and gum disease. If not properly cared for and managed, these diseases can negatively impact the rest of your body, which is why oral health is integral to your general health at every stage in your life.

EAT HEALTHY

EAT HEALTHY

Consuming too much sugar from snacks, processed food, and soft drinks is a major risk factor for oral disease (mainly tooth decay), as well as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Excessive sugar consumption also causes serious dependence and promotes weight gain.
LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Drinking too much alcohol is a major risk factor for more than 200 diseases, including oral diseases globally and disability in developed economies. Alone or in combination with tobacco, excessive alcohol increases the risks for cancers of the mouth, gum disease and tooth decay (due to acidity and high sugar contents).
DON'T USE TOBACCO

DON'T USE TOBACCO

Using tobacco in any form – smoking or smokeless – is unsafe and contributes to developing gum disease and oral cancer. Tobacco use also contributes to heart disease, respiratory disease, and other cancers, and is the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
BRUSH AND FLOSS TWICE DAILY

BRUSH AND FLOSS TWICE DAILY

Having poor oral hygiene can lead to bacteria forming plaque in the mouth, and leaving the teeth and gums vulnerable to oral and other diseases. Long-term gum infection can eventually result in tooth loss, but it can also impact the control of other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY OR TOO LATE TO START LOOKING AFTER YOUR MOUTH – YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU


PREVENTIVE CARE IS ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION TO KEEP YOUR SMILE HAPPY AND HEALTHY.