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One of the biggest things that we, at Kennedy Dental, strive to do is educate our patients about the mouth-body connection. Maintaining your oral care and consistently attending to your dental hygiene visits isn’t just about your teeth; it’s about your total holistic wellness and overall 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.
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. It is also incredibly important to floss. 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.