Why is it important to have a healthy mouth?

Oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks. Your dentist may also recommend an antimicrobial mouthrinse as part of your oral hygiene routine. Don't forget to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.
Rita Medwid

A healthy mouth is a healthy life. There is a direct relationship between the health of your mouth and your overall physical health. When your oral health is poor, other health issues may become worse, like with diabetes, strokes, heart problems, low-birth weight and early term infants. Some studies have linked poor oral health with pancreatic cancer. A healthy mouth will help you keep your teeth for your lifetime. You need your teeth for three reasons. They hold your face out, the lips and cheeks. They help you to speak properly and clearly, and they help you chew foods for your well-being and enjoyment. 

Having a healthy mouth is more than just having attractive teeth. Experts say that your mouth is a window into your body’s health, since it can show whether your body lacks certain nutrients and can show signs of infection. Some diseases first show their presence as lesions in the mouth. In addition, periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is associated with heart disease, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and stroke. If you have periodontal disease, it doesn’t mean you have these health problems, but there are some links between them. So if your doctor asks to look in your mouth or asks about your dental health, you’ll know why.

Another reason to have a healthy mouth is to make sure your original teeth are there to serve their main purpose -- eating. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you can get cavities that can be painful if not filled. Cavities are holes in the top layer of the tooth, the enamel. If a cavity isn’t treated, you could eventually lose your tooth. While there are various types of false teeth, the best teeth are your own. Regular trips to the dentist can help you maintain your teeth and your overall health.
Dustin S. Burleson, DDS
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
If you think about it, our mouth is one of the parts of our body that is almost always in constant use. We use it to eat, talk, breathe, etc., and if it is diseased or has been afflicted with a variety of health problems, it can be quite embarrassing and limiting. When you have a tooth ache or canker sore, for example, not much else seems to matter! Because of this, and so much more, having a healthy mouth is essential to our well being, confidence, and our overall wellness.

There are many problems that can arise by not taking the time to strive for a healthy mouth. Such things as gingivitis, which is a type of periodontal disease, destroys a person’s gums, the surrounding tissue, and even the tooth sockets. To prevent things like dental carries or cavities, as well as gingivitis, it is important to maintain a healthy mouth.

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