The Mouth-Body Connection

mouth-body connectionIn a recent article written by Parandis Nejati, on the ASDA blog, we learn more about the mouth-body connection.  We have all heard that many health issues can arise if your mouth is not healthy.  Poor oral hygiene can lead to issues such as heart disease and even diabetes.  Read more about the mouth-body connection here: http://www.asdablog.com/investigating-the-mouth-body-connection/

What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Many of our articles speak of preventative dentistry as the most important aspect of dental health.  But what exactly is preventative dentistry? Basically, it’s the practice of caring for your teeth and mouth in order to prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear and more.

preventative dentistryThe most important part of preventative dentistry is daily brushing and flossing.  Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every few months and as the bristles start to fray.  Also, replace it if you are sick. Flossing is important because it helps to clean the tight spaces between teeth where plaque can form and cause cavities. Begin teaching young children proper oral hygiene at the first sign of teeth so that they can maintain healthy habits and help them daily while they are still young.

Another very important part of preventative dentistry is dental cleanings and exams.  See your dentist twice a year and be sure to let them know of any issues you may be having.  Dentists will take x-rays and examine your teeth and mouth to check for problems with teeth and gums.

Lastly, eating a balanced and nutritious diet helps protect teeth by providing them the nutrients they need.

Because oral health is connected to your overall health, practicing preventative dental health is the best way to keep your entire body healthy and happy.

Preventative Dentistry|Healthline

Dental Care In The United States

dental care in the united statesDavid Heitz from Healthline.com share his opinion on the sorry state of dental care in the United States. Even now, with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, more than 100 million Americans still do not have dental insurance.

The idea of the ACA was to provide coverage for preventative care to help improve overall health, and to take care of small problems before they become big, expensive ones.  But even with this new emphasis on preventative medicine, dental care continues to take a back seat.

Also, now that we now that we are constantly hearing more and more that the mouth is the gateway to overall health, it would seem that dental care would be the most important aspect of health.

Read David Heitz’s full article here and learn more about how dental care can be improved.

The Sorry State of Dental Care in the United States.

New Research for Oral-Systemic Health Disease

oral-systemic healthImproving oral health is a goal for improving overall health.  In an article from Medical News Today, we learn that researchers are developing new tools to combat oral-systemic disease. Funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration, New York University’s TOSH (teaching oral-systemic health) program is developing this new assessment.

TOSH educators have developed educational innovation that will require the traditional head, ears, eyes, nose and throat exam to also include examination of the teeth, gums, mucosa, tongue and palate.

Read more details about this research from Medical News Today here: NYU researchers develop new assessment tool to combat oral-systemic disease – Medical News Today.

Change Your Toothbrush – Change Your Life

change your toothbrushYour toothbrush is the most commonly used preventive healthcare device used by people today.  But, is it making you sick? The mouth is the most contaminated part of the human body. So if you change your toothbrush, you may change your life.

Preventative care is the most effective way to improve the health of the U.S. The toothbrush is the most commonly used preventive healthcare device and yet it is making people sick. Brushing your teeth is supposed to be the first line of defense against illness.  When brushing twice a day, you remove pathogens from the mouth.  But this leaves your toothbrush contaminated with up to 100 million germs, and most people use the same toothbrush for months or even more than a year before changing it.

Besides being contaminated with bacteria from your mouth, most people leave their toothbrushes out in the open, near dirty toilets and sinks. Toothbrushes are touched by other people’s hands and other people’s toothbrushes, adding even more contaminants.

So what is the solution? Regular replacement of your toothbrush will help to avoid costly health procedures and infections that may be brought on by the germs on your brush. Not only daily brushing, but the regular replacement of your toothbrush is the best preventative care you can offer your body.

Can Changing Your Toothbrush Change Your Life?|Good Mouth