The mouth - a window to the general health of man
"Eyes are the window to the soul," says an old saying. The mouth is the window to our common health, we share.
It is important to take care of our teeth not only because of our self-confidence and good appearance, but also because of our whole body, whether you believe it or not, oral care has a huge impact.
Although not everything is visible to the naked eye, it has been proven that human beings become a cozy home for an entire ecosystem of living organisms. Many bacteria, although most of them harmless, settle comfortably in our mouths. Only the observance of a regular hygiene regime keeps these microorganisms away. When we neglect dental hygiene or do not fully understand its importance. Bacteria in our mouth can cause problems with our teeth, gum disease (also known as periodontitis) or caries, which can become systemic.
What else can oral bacteria affect our overall health?
Studies show that there is a link between endocarditis and poor oral health. Endocarditis occurs when an infection from one part of our body, such as a diseased tooth or inflamed gums, spreads to the lining of our heart through the bloodstream, compromising the heart muscle. Experts also claim that the risk of clogged arteries, heart disease and stroke increases in the presence of harmful bacteria in our mouths.
Oral health can also affect other diseases and conditions.
There is a direct link between gum disease and certain conditions affecting the body, including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Periodontal disease can also disrupt blood sugar levels and make diabetes more difficult to control.
The mouth can be a reservoir for bacterial lung infection and lead to pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.
Caries is a transmissible infection that can be passed from a parent to a baby, making the child more susceptible to tooth decay in the future.
There is also a link between gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth and low birth weight infants.
Contrary to what has already been described about the impact of bacteria on our overall health, many health problems can lead to deterioration of the teeth themselves, despite our efforts to take care of them. That is why it is important to recognize the relationship, which sometimes alarms the presence of a more serious problem.
Be aware that some of the medications we take for one reason or another cause dry mouth. This increases the risk of tooth decay, fungal infections and other oral infections. Remember that smoking and poor eating habits can damage our mouth, gums and teeth, and keep in mind that some blood diseases, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders can also have a negative impact on our oral health.
The great importance of saliva
Saliva consists of 98% water and contains important substances, including proteins, minerals, electrolytes, antibacterial compounds and enzymes. In addition to moisturizing our mouths and neutralizing harmful acids, saliva kills germs and prevents bad breath. Protects against caries and gum disease, protects enamel and accelerates wound healing. It also plays an important role in digestion, thanks to an enzyme called amylase. Digestion begins in the mouth when amylase breaks down starch, maltose and dextrose into smaller molecules.
Through saliva we can diagnose our overall health
A simple saliva test can show the condition of our body - for example, the levels of the hormone cortisol or the levels of bone proteins. Also, certain indicators of cancer can be detected by a saliva test. Through it we can measure the number of toxins in the body, hormones and antibodies.
How to properly care for your mouth and teeth?
Practice good oral hygiene every day.
Brush your teeth at least three times a day for two minutes each time. Use a brush with medium-hard bristles and toothpaste.
Clean daily with a thread.
Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
Eat healthy and limit sugary foods and drinks.
Change your toothbrush every two to three months.
Schedule regular dental checkups and cleaning.
Avoid tobacco use.
Share our maxim for a healthy mouth - a healthy body, because caring for our teeth is the most valuable investment in ourselves!
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