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How Mouth Health Can Affect Whole Body Health

Why Sugar Isn’t the Cause of Tooth Decay

Our bodies are finely-tuned instruments; even small foreign bodies can prevent them to operate properly. What we put into our bodies can affect the ways in which we perform.

Inflammation is not unhealthy; it is just a natural response to an irritation, injury, or infection. The tissues throughout the body react by increased redness, swelling, heat, and pain. It is a complete natural process that deploys white blood cells to the injured area, to protect the body from bacteria or infection and repairs damaged tissue.

Dentists have long known that the mouth is a window to whole body health, often emphasizing this to patients. A whole new approach has been taken in the last decade concerning the link between your dental health and overall health. Many don’t know the impact of having a healthy smile versus an unhealthy one that has disease or infection, ultimately leading to inflammation and health conditions. Periodontitis is such a condition that leads to an imbalance in the normal healthy microbiome found in the mouth, with an increase of bacteria that cause inflammation.

Over time, chronic inflammation wears out your immune system, which may lead to chronic diseases and other health issues. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Premature Aging
  • Loss of Sleep
  • Lung Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Stroke

There are certain foods which also, if eaten in abundance may, ‘switch on’ inflammatory processes within the body. Foods that contribute to inflammation tend to be highly processed nutrient-poor foods, like:

  • Sugary beverages
  • Refined carbs
  • Desserts
  • Processed meat
  • Processed snack foods
  • Processed seed and vegetable oils
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Diet alone will not control inflammation, but making suitable choices may help to prevent t from getting worse.

Lots of factors contribute to chronic inflammation. Your genetic predisposition, diet, sleep patterns and other habits are all possibilities. Here are some of the symptoms that may signal that you are suffering from chronic inflammation.

  • You are tired all the time
  • You’ve aches and pains
  • You may have digestive issues
  • You may have rashes, acne, dry skin
  • You may have heartburn

If you notice any of these symptoms, get thoroughly examined by our doctors for chronic inflammation. Make an appointment, there are numerous ways to handle the cause and get you back to feeling like yourself again.

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