It’s been an interesting and most challenging year for all of us, but making those pesky doctor appointments for that annual check-up goes far beyond our bodies, it actually begins with our mouth. We use our mouth for numerous tasks on a daily basis…to eat, drink, breath and talk, it’s essential, so caring for your mouth should be as important as your overall health.

We are taught from a young age to brush our teeth three times a day, beginning with the first thing we do in the morning, after lunch, then dinner; but as we age, we can find ourselves busy during those designated times; we skip a brushing or two. But taking care of your mouth should be as vital as washing your hands today; our mouths are loaded with germs, hence the term ‘plaque’ which are microorganisms that attach to your teeth, leading to possible infections and gingivitis. Some causes of periodontal diseases, including oral cancers will increase a persons’ risk when the teeth and mouth are not properly cleaned.

Saliva plays an important role in our hygiene; it helps in protecting us while keeping infections at bay. However, the reduction of saliva can prove to be a problem, such as ‘dry’ mouth; therefore lacking sufficient minerals and vitamins. According to a Harvard Research study, patients that have periodontal diseases are at a much higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and, or other types of systemic diseases, along with inflammation (body or oral); possibly leading to an array of serious health complications.

What you need to know are some FACTS; according to the journal of periodontology, gum disease can lead to lung infections, pneumonia, and bacteria which can enter the brain through the bloodstream or nerve channels, causing Alzheimer ’s disease, not to mention the increase in diabetic related issues. Then, we have Covid19 and the CDC recommended guidelines; the purpose of wearing the mask was for individual protection from possible exposure (air droplets). Protection plays a vital part in certain health conditions, so make sure you get informed. Mouth conditions, meaning your Health in general, should never go untreated! A simple infection that begins in the mouth (gums) can actually lead to hospitalizations and or death; it’s that serious. I knew someone who had such an infection (thought it was only a toothache), and eventually it led them to the ER, as it spread through the body; totally frightening. Not-to-mention most recently (another individual), had an infection that started in the gums, spreading through their jaw bones. I’m using both of these examples because both have experienced excruciating pain; this is nothing to mess around with. In fact, this could be an implication as to other health conditions which may be found (in an individual basis). Oral care is important, just as washing your hands; the CDC explains here in this link, https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/transmission.html . Don’t let your guard down when it comes to hygiene, keep those germs at bay and remember…Use Fluoride Toothpaste, mouthwash, floss and drink fluoridated water. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, make that appointment. For those who lack dental insurance, check in with a local dentistry school to set up an appointment, it’s a great option. A healthy mouth is a healthy and happy smile!!

 

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