What Studies Have Shown Us About the Mouth – Body Connection

What Studies Have Shown Us About the Mouth – Body Connection

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Mar 6 2022, 05:55 AM

What studies have shown us about the mouth – body connection and how we can maintain our oral health to improve our overall health.  Below are findings from studies that show the connection between our body and mouth.

Floss Your Way to Healthy

A recent study at the Mayo Clinic linked oral bacteria and inflammation, caused by gum disease, to a variety of health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Premature Births
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Stroke

To help prevent gum disease, floss twice a day.  Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and for early stages of gum disease use a specifically formatted toothpaste designed to improve gum health.  

To combat gum disease, find a dentist who offers Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT™). A laser is used to remove the inflamed and infected gum tissue and also allow for better access to the root surfaces so that they may be thoroughly cleaned with Piezo ultrasonic scalers and hand scalers.

Brush Your Way to Health

At any time there are approximately 500 different types of bacteria in your mouth.  Most of them are good.  Some of them are not!  Bad bacteria sticks to your teeth, forming plaque. 

Plaque attacks your dental enamel causing periodontal problems or gum disease. Keep your teeth free of plaque buildup by brushing for two minutes, twice a day. 

A recent study at American Academy of Periodontology found that flossing before brushing may be the ideal sequence for the most thorough removal of dental plaque.  

Chewing a stick of sugarless gum can also help fight harmful bacteria. 

Eat and Drink Your Way to Health

According to the Pajama Sam study, “You are what you eat from your head to your feet”.  Did you know the most significant contributor to tooth decay and gum disease is sugar?  By limiting your sugar intake such as sports drinks, sodas, sugary snacks you can avoid cavities and keep the protective enamel on your teeth around for a long time. 

If you are feeling thirsty or dehydrated, drink water.  Even hunger can be a sign of dehydration.   

Eat foods that are healthy for your teeth and gums such as:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Teas rich in polyphenols
  • Nuts
  • Whole Grains

At Dr. Abeyta’s dental office, they always stress the importance of taking care of your teeth so the rest of your body can stay healthy too.  They can’t wait to see what research uncovers as science and technology progresses each year.  Remember, giving your mouth the same attention that you give the rest of your body is going to promote a long and happy life.  Call today to schedule your appointment at (505) 293-7611.

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