Oral health & total health - what's the connection?
At Liberty Dental Hygiene, we recognize the significant and growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the important relationship between our oral health, general health, and overall wellness.
Research overwhelmingly shows how poor oral health is related to numerous chronic health conditions, including heart & cerebral vascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, dementia, respiratory health, and digestive health, to name a few.
For those of us with a diagnosis of type II diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome disorder, poor oral health is shown to not only impede our efforts at managing blood sugar levels, but additional evidence indicates those with diabetes are also at greater risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Studies are beginning to emerge pointing to connections between poor oral health and decreased female fertility. Other related research also suggests women with gum disease are statistically more likely to have pre-term or low birth weight babies.
Inflammation in our bodies
We are often asked how poor oral health can possibly be associated with multiple conditions affecting so many systems and organs in our bodies. Although the answer to this question is quite complex, inflammation is thought to be a common factor underlying many of these conditions. Simply put, oral disease and its associated inflammatory action localized to the mouth is thought to eventually trigger more wide-spread chronic inflammation throughout our bodies, increasing our risk of disease.
Reduce inflammation & improve your health
In addition to a quality diet, exercise, and stress reduction, consider looking after your oral health by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dental hygienist as part of your overall self-care regimen to minimize inflammation throughout your mouth, your body and to improve overall health and wellness.
Ask the professionals
Remember, your health care providers are the ones to approach if you have questions about the management of inflammation and its role in your health and overall wellbeing. These can include your team of oral care professionals, medical doctors, therapists, counsellors, chiropractors, etc.
To ensure your oral health, visit Liberty Dental Hygiene’s website and book an appointment today. To help minimize inflammation throughout the body, book a naturopathic appointment with Dr. Corina Kibsey, ND today.