Everyone’s heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” In reality, it should say, “You are what you put in your mouth.”
This is because the condition of your mouth and teeth can actually say a lot about the condition of your overall health, which is why it is very important to make oral health a priority.
From the daily upkeep to actual dental care, there are many things you can do to make sure that your mouth is in tip-top shape.
Here are five reasons oral care should be a top priority for all and ensuring there is just one more way to be healthy overall.
Your mouth is the source of both good and bad
There are many parts of your mouth that when kept in good condition do a very good job at keeping the bad stuff at bay and the good stuff going to where it needs to go.
For example, saliva is one of the body’s main sources of defense against disease-causing bacteria and viruses. This is because it contains antibodies and proteins that battle against things such as the common cold and some more serious diseases such as HIV.
The problem is that if the mouth isn’t taken care of and things such as plaque are allowed to grow and get too out of control, those bad things that the mouth was trying to keep out will be let in. The good things such as saliva can become bad and actually help those bacteria and infections to grow worse when you don’t take care of your mouth.
The mouth can let you know when something is wrong
As stated above, your mouth has some very helpful tools that allow it to help the body avoid infection from many different types of serious illnesses and diseases.
In fact, doctors can actually use saliva to test whether or not something is or isn’t right with someone’s health.
When the mouth is kept in healthy condition and is well taken care of, it’s easier to know when something bad is actually going on. That’s much better than worrying about more minor issues that might even be covering up some more serious health issues.
It’s not complicated
In reality, oral care is actually relatively simple. It starts with establishing good daily habits that can make such a big difference in the long run.
It’s also important to make sure dental care is a priority because even daily brushing and flossing sometimes isn’t enough, but an easy check-up at the dentist can really make sure everything is all good in the mouth and teeth department.
It would surprise a lot of people to find out how many adults haven’t been to the dentist in years. Not to mention all the potential problems that lie within their mouths because of it.
It could mean less risk of cancer
Cancer is a scary word. We want to do anything possible to reduce our risk of ever having to suffer through any of its forms.
Studies that have shown that making oral health a priority can reduce the chances of cancer in certain body parts.
According to the Harvard School of Public health, there is a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Men who had gum disease had a much higher chance of getting pancreatic cancer versus men who did not have gum disease.
If being cancer-free doesn’t motivate people to take care of their mouths who knows what will.
We have the tools
The good news is that now more than ever many people have good oral health and are taking care of their teeth. A big part of that is because we have many tools easily available to help us out.
There are many great toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss options that are easily accessible and very affordable.
Most people have relatively easy access to consistent and great quality dental care. This helps to ensure that their mouth is really doing well and or to get the care they need.
Because all these tools are so accessible, there really is no excuse for bad oral health. Pay attention to your mouth and give it the love, care, and attention it needs. Your body will thank you in the end!