Total Health & Wellness: 10 Ways It Can Benefit You

Wednesday September 28, 2016 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

As your dental provider, we’re not just concerned about your oral health. We also care about your total health. It may sound kind of surprising to hear that from a dentist, but more and more, those of us in the medical field are learning that there are significant links between the condition of your mouth and your overall wellbeing. That being said, there are a number of ways that good oral health can benefit you.

1. Stronger Immune System
Gum disease is actually an infection. However, if you treat your gums well by brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly, you can prevent gum disease. That’s great news, considering that researchers have discovered that a body’s immune system reaction is higher in people with gum disease.

2. Better Management of Diabetes
For patients with diabetes, you may be interested to learn that evidence suggests gum disease may make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. Yet another reason to practice great oral hygiene!

3. Prevent Tooth Loss
Want to keep your chompers for a lifetime? Taking good care of your mouth will help you do that! Routine dental visits and preventive at-home care ensure you will have your pearly whites for the long haul.

4. Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers recently studied the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. They found that the bacteria associated with gum disease was found in the brains of people with dementia. It was not found in those individuals without dementia.

5. Help You Get Your ZZZZ’s
If you’re practicing great oral hygiene, you’re probably coming into our office for 6 month checkups. Did you know that during one of those checkups, we may be able to offer you a solution to help you sleep better and snore less? We’re pleased to offer custom-fitted night mouth guards to our patients with sleep apnea.

6. Minimize Pain
Nobody enjoys the throbbing pain of a toothache. However, with great oral care, you can prevent cavities and the toothaches that accompany them. As your dentist, we can also help with the pain of TMJ by offering a splint to help your facial muscles relax.

7. Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Pregnant women are advised to pay special attention to the health of their gums. Doing so minimizes the likelihood of low birth weight and premature delivery.

8. Keep Your Bones Healthy
Want strong bones? Take good care of your mouth. Many studies have shown a relationship between osteoporosis and advanced gum disease.

9. Improve Self-Esteem
When your teeth look clean and well-cared for, you feel better about yourself. We’ve watched many patients’ self-esteem grow after having much-needed dental work performed.

10. Increase Self-Confidence
The better you feel about yourself, the greater your self-confidence. By making good oral health a priority, you’re investing in yourself and your happiness.

As you can see, you’re not just taking care of your mouth when you brush and floss, you’re also improving your overall physical and mental wellbeing. At Murray Hill Dental, we understand that and focus on treating you as a whole, rather than “just another mouth.”