Did you know there is a direct connection between your oral health and your overall health?
Dr. Steven Grater, says: "Your mouth is the entry point of many bacteria. To keep this bacteria from going into your body, cleaning your mouth (brushing, flossing and rinsing) is necessary."
Many dental organizations educate the public about the role oral health plays in systemic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as oral health complications during pregnancy.
According to "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General," diabetics are more prone to several oral health conditions, including tooth decay periodontal disease, dry mouth and infection. In fact, periodontal disease has often been referred to as the "sixth complication" of diabetes.
Studies have also shown that periodontal disease may be linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, preterm births and low-birth weight babies! Research suggests that periodontal disease sufferers are nearly 3 times more likely to suffer from heart disease.
A 5-year study at UNC found pregnant women with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to deliver a premature, low-birth-weight baby.
In addition, studies that show most oral hygiene products contain harsh chemical ingredients (SLS, fluoride, propylene glycol, diethanolamine (DEA), and others) that have been linked to wellness challenges. Triclosan was banned from hand soaps and bodywashes in 2017; but some toothpastes still contain it!
It is worth the effort to find products that are not full of questionable ingredients that may be creating other problems with optimal wellness, and I have found what works for me and my family! Here’s what my family uses: Toothpaste and Mouthwash and Dental floss and dental visits are rare...just checkups.
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