Taking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just important for your oral health, but it is also important for your total wellbeing. Keep reading to discover how good oral health can help you to maintain full physical and mental health!
Proper nutrition is a key factor in keeping up both your physical and mental health. Misaligned, injured, or missing teeth can make eating certain foods painful or uncomfortable. This could cause you to avoid healthy, nutritious foods, so you might not be getting the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Specifically, those with poor oral health are more likely to be lacking in fiber, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Adequate fiber is important for your body and brain to function properly!
Lacking proper nutrients can cause a number of problems such as skin disorders, digestive issues, and even dementia. If you are having any tooth pain while eating or drinking, don’t simply avoid the food in question, but visit your dentist right away!
Sleep and Productivity
Sleep is critical to our brain health. It is our bodies’ equivalent of a reset button. We don’t just turn off and back on when we sleep, but our cells repair themselves during this time. However, many people experience disrupted sleep as a result of poor oral health—specifically due to nighttime bruxism (or teeth grinding). A simple solution like a mouthguard can help combat this issue.
A more serious problem could be related to the jaw. Misalignment of the jaw or joint disorders of the mandible may cause the jaw to lock or click, frequently causing discomfort and headaches. Consistent pain and lack of sleep has been linked to mental health issues, so be sure to speak with your dentist to find a treatment plan suitable for you.
Infection and Disease
Our mouth is an integral part of our total health. Bacteria in the mouth is normal and some are even beneficial, such as probiotics. These good bacteria can help us to digest our food. However, some bacteria can cause tooth decay and gingivitis. If left untreated, this can create even more serious issues like gum disease. Gum disease can have serious effects on our health, as it has been linked to respiratory illness, heart disease, stroke, and even complications with diabetes or premature birth.
Injuries to our gum and teeth can allow infection to enter the bloodstream. The Journal of Endodontics found that hundreds of thousands of Americans made emergency room trips due to dental problems. Regular trips to our dental office can help prevent any smaller dental issues from turning into a larger issue which could ultimately prevent an infection from spreading into your body.
Taking pride in your health and appearance is a great way to boost your confidence! A healthy, happy smile can help you to gain a positive self-image. Whether straightening your teeth or getting those pearly whites even whiter is a priority, our dentists are here to help you achieve your best possible smile.
By boosting your oral health, we can help improve your overall health in the process. To schedule your next dentist appointment, call Countryside Dental Group today!