Can you believe it’s December already? It’s almost time to set New Year’s resolutions. Some of you have told us that your goal is to boost immunity.
We often hear about ways to avoid illness, but no one talks about the connection between oral health and the immune system. Let’s investigate just how good oral health habits can help you fight back against sickness.
How Your Oral Health Affects Your Immune System
Poor dental care habits are quick to lead to oral health problems. As the American Dental Association (ADA) says, “The mouth is a window into the health of the body.” The inside of your mouth can reveal infections, imbalances, and even some diseases, including diabetes.
All of these things can impact your immune system. Diabetes, for instance, can make it challenging for your body to battle infections, which can exacerbate any existing dental problems (e.g., gum disease).
It’s not just about brushing your teeth.
Cleaning your teeth twice each day is important for your oral health. It removes any buildup from snacks, sweets, and acidic drinks (e.g., coffee or juice). It also helps get rid of any pesky bacteria, which can cause plaque and tartar.
But while brushing cleans those pearly whites, flossing once per day and the type of toothpaste you use are just as important. We recommend only using toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance for the safest, best-cleaning product.
Boost your immune system with these oral health practices.
Our goal is to help you find the right oral health practices to stay as healthy as possible this season. Here are a few suggestions:
#1: Cut down on snacks and sweets.
For the best dental health, avoid snacking between meals (especially sweets). This can lower your chances of tooth decay and gum disease, decreasing your risk for other health problems. If you can’t resist that slice of cake, don’t worry. Just be sure to use your toothbrush after.
#2: Choose a quality, fluoride-filled mouthwash.
There’s no better way to keep your mouth clean and minty fresh. Mouthwash also helps fight against bacteria and cavities. Soon, you’ll feel more confident than ever to show off that beautiful smile.
Oral health and general health go together in more ways than we can count. If you ask us, the secret to boosting your immunity isn’t just eating right; it’s about keeping your teeth clean, too.
So, get ready. Your golden ticket to a clean, healthy smile is here, and we can’t wait to see it.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups are just what you need to keep your family’s teeth in good condition and immunity high this year. Call Summit Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.