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Your Mouth is The Gateway to Your Overall Health

Did you know that your oral health can now be linked to your overall health?

The old saying you are what you eat all starts with the mouth.  The foods we eat, how well we clean our mouth and how often we see our dental professional affects not just our teeth anymore.  Research is now showing a link between the bacteria in our mouth and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  This is no laughing matter.  9 Million Canadians are living with diabetes and that number is expected to increase.  Diabetes not only takes its toll on the body but on the mouth too.  Due to the level of sugar in the blood being higher in diabetics (if it is not well controlled) it is harder for the body to fight the bacteria that develops in the mouth.  With this weakened environment it is more common in diabetics to have tooth decay and early signs of gum disease.

The same is true of heart disease.  The condition known as Endocarditis has been linked to the bacteria in your mouth.  If not kept in check the bacteria can be spread through the blood stream and affect already damaged places in the heart.    It may sound bleak but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  You can protect yourself and your teeth too.  ”An apple a day keeps the doctor and dentist away” may not be the best adage to live by.   Making healthy food choices is beneficial in limiting the amount of sugar in your mouth, which in turn leads to less gum harming bacteria, but that alone is not enough.  To achieve optimal health one needs to add a good oral home care routine, and yes that means brushing AND flossing daily.  Last, but certainly not least, regularly seeing your dental professional is of great importance for the health of your gums, and teeth, We at Dr. Cernea’s office are committed to your dental health, and are here to serve all your dental needs. Lindy

references used:
Canadian Dental Association Website
Mayo Clinic Website
Canadian Diabetes Association Website