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At Kennedy Dental, providing strong educational resources to our patients during their appointments so they can care for their oral health on their own time is one of our top priorities. One of the biggest things we focus on in our education is sharing with our patients about the mouth-body connection. Maintaining your oral care and consistently attending your dental hygiene visits isn’t just about your teeth—it’s about your total holistic wellness and overall health in your body. A combination of professional dental care and at-home wellness practices are essential for preserving optimal dental health.
How does my oral health affect my overall health?
A healthy and beautiful smile is not just a cosmetic perk. A healthy mouth can mean the rest of your body is healthy as well. Did you know that mouth bacteria can enter your bloodstream and restrict blood flow? This can limit the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your heart is getting, leading to heart disease. This is just one of the many conditions associated with bacteria in the mouth. Strokes, osteoporosis, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and problems with pregnancy can all be traced back to poor oral health. By starting with a healthy mouth, you can prevent diseases throughout your body.
How can I preserve my oral and overall health?
The first step in fostering good overall health is to maintain your at-home hygiene practices. Make sure that you are brushing two times a day for at least two minutes each—preferably once in the morning and once right before you go to sleep. This helps to decrease the number of unwanted bacteria and plaque in your mouth. Our office recommends using an electric toothbrush for your daily brushing, as electric toothbrushes do a great job at hitting hard-to-reach spots in your mouth where bacteria can build up and cause cavities.
It is also incredibly important to floss. Flossing removes bits of food and plaque that get caught between your teeth throughout the day so they don’t decay your teeth over time. Flossing also promotes fresh breath and prevents periodontitis or gum disease.
Make sure that you are keeping up with regular visits to see us for cleanings and checkups. If you spot any irregularities in your mouth, make an appointment right away. Simply call our Marysville office at (937) 446-6187 or our Huntsville office at (937) 519-3994 to make an appointment, or fill out an Appointment Request Form and a member of our team will be in touch.