You’ve probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” Most of the time, we focus on how our diet affects our health, but what most people don’t realize, is that our teeth play a large role in our overall health as well. We’ve created a list of a few extraordinary ways that our teeth impact our bodies.
Plaque and bacteria on teeth can actually affect pregnancy. As this bacteria enters the bloodstream, it increases the chances that a woman will deliver her baby prematurely or with a low birth weight.
Your teeth break food down to aid healthy digestion, but they can also become vehicles for illness if you don’t brush and floss them regularly. Just like how teeth affect reproduction, swallowed bacteria can enter the bloodstream and make it more likely for you to develop an infection, even if you have a strong immune system.
Bacteria from gum disease constantly battle your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. Conversely, if you smoke or have ailments like HIV or diabetes, that compromise your immunity, you are more likely to develop gum disease at a faster rate.
Plaque harbors a host of bacteria, some of which actually release toxins that can collect along your artery walls and cause heart disease.
Saliva actually creates a protective barrier on your teeth and helps to keep bacteria from growing on the surface. It also contains plenty of information about your overall health, and can be tested to measure hormone and toxin levels in your body. If you take certain medications or don’t maintain your oral health, you can suffer from lack of saliva production and a dry mouth, making it easier to develop gum disease and tooth decay.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy YOU
Brushing and flossing your teeth don’t just mean you’ll have pearly whites, it also means that you’re doing good for your whole body. If you have any questions about how best to maintain your oral health, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment at Normandy Dentistry. Contact us to get started!