Healthy Mouth Healthy Body by Dr Glenn MacFarlane

Healthy Mouth Healthy Body by Dr Glenn MacFarlane

Many people feel that you are what you eat.  That may be true for some, but what is always true is that your mouth health is what you eat and what you do after eating.

Eat…drink…be merry…then do your due diligence and give your mouth a thorough cleanup! Poor dental hygiene has serious consequences to your health.

Growing up, you heard a lot of focus on bad brushing and cavities.  They forgot to mention bad breath, tooth decay and unexpected consequences like heart disease and Alzheimer’s which are directly related to gum inflammation.

The term GUM DISEASE happens when the bacteria in your mouth form a sticky layer called plaque on an in between your teeth.  When left on the tooth, it can harden and form tartar.  If plaque or tartar are left on your teeth and gums, the bacteria cause inflammation, or gingivitis.

Gingivitis is reversible with the help of your dentist. Left too long, you will need a specialist in gum disease as the gums can pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets that are prone to infections.

  • Bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene could also boost the risk of heart disease. The plaque gets into the bloodstream and builds up in arteries, called atherosclerosis. In addition, the bacteria from the mouth can stick to platelets, forming blood clots, which can interrupt the flow of blood to the heart, thus triggering a heart attack or strokes.
  • Poor oral health may also affect the brain. The substances that are released by inflamed gums can kill brain cells and lead to memory loss. Dementia and possibly even Alzheimer’s Diseasecan result from gingivitis when the bacteria in the mouth spreads to the nerve channels or enters the bloodstream.
  • The bacteria in your mouth from your infected teeth and gums can be inhaled into your lungs, which can lead to respiratory infections, pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and even COPD.
  • Diabetics are susceptible to infection by nature. Periodontal Disease can in turn make diabetes more difficult to control, making symptoms worsen as the blood sugar levels go wrong.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy make it easier for the expectant Mom to develop oral infections. This can cause complications in pregnancies, putting Mom and baby at risk.
  • There is a link between poor oral health and problems with infertility in women.
  • Bacteria from diseased gums can get into the bloodstream and cause blood vessels to become inflamed. This inflammation can block the flow of blood to the genitals, causing erectile dysfunction
  • Types of cancer have also been linked to gum disease. Risk for kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and blood cancers is much higher for people who have poor oral health.
  • Infections in the body such as periodontal disease can lead to kidney disease.
  • According to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, people with gum disease were four times more likely to have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both diseases have inflammation in common.

So, there you have it, a laundry list of very good reasons to practice excellent dental hygiene. To practice good oral hygiene:

  • Visit Dr. MacFarlane for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Brush your teeth and gums for 2 minutes at least twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth daily!
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco products.
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash!
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks!
  • Eat a well-balanced diet for optimum nutrition!
  • Take supplements that will boost your dental health.

Dr. Glenn MacFarlane earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, graduating in 1985. As an aesthetic focused dentist, he has been dedicated almost 33 years now, to brightening thousands of smiles. He is an expert cosmetic dentist with extensive training in complete smile restoration, using the latest technology and restorative materials dentistry has to offer.

Bottom line, you are being treated by a very well-trained dentist who is very respected in the field, and additionally well versed in the whole-body wellness concept, which involves an awareness of dental care as it relates to the entire person.

Questions or concerns? Please reach out to us to let us better explain Holistic Dentistry and how it can improve your dental health and life overall.

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