This past year, health is now an essential topic of conversation, specifically on ways to boost our immune system and take action against COVID-19. What hasn’t been stressed enough is the connection between your oral health and immune system. During a recent interview, Dr. Garofolo stated, “The mouth is the entryway to the human body. There is a lot we can see from the mouth that can trigger systemic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.” Bacteria, which accumulate quickly in the mouth, have instant access to the bloodstream through the inflamed gums that occur with periodontal disease. In The Dental Black Book, Dr. Garofolo relates the inflammation from a receding gum line and other untreated dental conditions to an un-bandaged open wound on your body. You are more susceptible for bacteria to enter your body and develop a weakened immune system. The longer the bacteria and gum disease is left untreated or mismanaged, the more opportunity for long term health issues. The connection between poor dental health and disease is discussed in detail in the National Institute of Health’s report, “Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General”.
How can you be proactive?
Regular visits to the dentist for routine cleanings and checkups are a great starting point to being proactive about the health of your smile, and also a way to bring up any concerns or setbacks you might have in your daily dental routine. Other than various dental procedures and risk prevention, the following guidelines for oral health care will help you maintain your pearly whites, prevent gum disease, and protect your immune system.
- Don’t forget to attend any checkups and professional cleanings you have scheduled with your dentist.
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss once per day, making sure to floss between every tooth.
- Avoid snacks and sweets that create dental erosion and cavities, including products that are extremely acidic or contain large quantities of sugar or starch.
- The American Dental Association warns against mouth jewelry. Don’t pierce your lips, tongue, or cheeks as it can lead to chipped or broken teeth.
- It is important to keep your toothbrush free of contamination from other brushes or dirty surfaces. Store your toothbrush upright, alone, and in a well-ventilated area.
- Focus on using treatments and services that have been approved by dental professionals. This includes products recommended by your dentist and that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
As we navigate the many avenues of preventative care, prioritize your oral health by making your appointment with your Rancho Bernardo Dentist, The Dentistry Collective. We provide an array of services from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry to dental implants while using the most cutting-edge technology in the dental industry in a safe, serene environment. Call us to schedule your appointment and make the commitment to your health today: 858.257.3412!