Your Teeth and Your Overall Health
Oral health plays a bigger part in your overall health than you might think. For example, did you know that any time your gums bleed, you're weakening your immune system? "When you bleed anywhere in your mouth, think of it as an opportunity for bacteria to enter your bloodstream," says Stanton Young, D.D.S. The solution, of course, is to floss daily. Below, he shares more tips on improving dental and overall health:
- If you have sensitive teeth, you probably have a very acidic diet. Eliminating vinegars and lemons is a good place to start.
- If you have a bad taste in your mouth, you may have an abscessed tooth, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. In general, an abscessed tooth is very harmful to the overall health and well-being of the body.
- Clenching and grinding wears down teeth and enamel, increases sensitivity and can lead to bone loss and gum recession. Make a conscious effort to keep your jaw relaxed, especially when you're at the gym, working, studying or in any stressful situation.
- Too much brushing is abrasive for the teeth, making them more sensitive. Brush twice a day, but not four times a day, using only soft or extra-soft brushes.
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