There is a relationship between our teeth, gum and body. Our body is considered an ecosystem and our mouth is the main entrance to it. What goes through our mouths and into our body determines many of the diseases we contract.
Each tooth is surrounded by gums that create a seal that controls the bacteria that enters our body. If we fail to take care of this seal, and allow it to be weakened, we open the door for all kinds of things to enter our bloodstream causing a myriad of problems.
According to OraGuard, Ltd, listed below are of some diseases that we can develop as a result of bacteria entering the body through the mouth and gums:
IBS Oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and attack the friendly bacteria in your gut. And that’s when your digestive issues begin to worsen.
Breast cancer Women may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer due to lack of good oral care.
Prostate cancer Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.
Diabetes Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
Weight gain Oral health, diabetes, and obesity are intertwined and inflammation is at the core of this complex interaction
Alzheimer’s and dementia Research shows gum disease bacteria lipopolysaccharides (the surface of the bacterium) in samples from people suffering from dementia and none of the people who do not have the condition.
Cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, infective endocarditis, and thickening of the arteries When bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation.
Low birthweight and premature birth Periodontal health also plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy. Research suggests that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk for pre-term and low birth weight deliveries.
Bacterial pneumonia Bacterial infections in the chest are believed to be caused by breathing droplets from the mouth and throat into the lungs.
Rheumatoid arthritis Those who had moderate to severe periodontitis had more than twice the risk of RA compared to those with mild or no periodontitis
We don’t realize how important our oral health is in relation to a healthy body, but we need to think about not only what we put in our mouths, but how we take care of our mouths, which includes our teeth and gums. Good oral health is not only brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist, but don’t forgot to do this as well.
Last time we discussed foods, we talked about nuts and the benefits of eating more almonds, but today we’ll talk about something to drink… tea! We discussed coffee before, but did you know that tea has some dental benefits too?
Not only can a cup of tea soothe your nerves, but it’s good for healthy teeth. Black or green tea is a rich source of micro nutrients that reduce gum disease and prevent cavities, according to a 2004 Rutgers University study. Researchers showed antioxidants in green tea, called catechins, reduce gum inflammation.
While some avoid tea for fear of staining teeth, black tea contains polyphenols that produce a protective film that coats and shields teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
So sit down, brew a cup of tea, and relax. Your teeth and your nerves will thank you!
We’ve all heard about the benefits of a cup of coffee. Things like protecting your liver, reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes are well known but did you know that coffee can also help your teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw and may help to protect your gums? If you drink coffee in moderation, the nutritional benefits can outweigh the bad such as tooth staining.
You should limit your intake to less than 5 cups of coffee a day, since more than this can over stimulate you and may interfere with your sleep.
If you are worried about staining, try drinking or rinsing your mouth out with water after your coffee. As with any acidic drinks that can soften the enamel, do not brush your teeth right after your coffee but wait about 30 minutes so the enamel on your teeth can harden again.
So don’t give up that morning joe! Just remember, no more than 5 cups and drink water or rinse after your coffee. For more information about teeth whitening, call Brogdon Dental at 423.870.5698 to see what we recommend or to schedule a consultation.
With Spring in the air, photo opportunities abound. Whether it be the prom, a wedding, a new baby or just a family gathering, you want to look your best for any situation and part of that is your smile.
Have you considered teeth whitening? One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A brighter, whiter smile will make you feel better about yourself and sitting in on those photos. If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are hiding the real you, it’s time for a smile makeover. A beautiful smile can enhance your life every day, both professionally and socially.
What about cosmetic dentistry? Have you put it off thinking it was going to be a big ordeal?Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two with Dr. Brogdon and emerging with the smile you’ve always dreamed of…with no pain, no strain, no time taken away from your busy life. The results are immediate and dramatic.
Call us today for a consultation or just to schedule a whitening session. We want you to feel good about yourself and look good for all those occasions you want to smile about!
What are your reasons to smile? Maybe you’ve just got married or found out you were going to be a parent. Did you get a new house or buy a new car? What about a new job? Maybe you aced that test or your team won the game. Whatever your reasons, you want your smile to look good to reflect the occasion. That’s why you should schedule your appointment to see Dr. Brogdon soon. We can help you have the best smile possible for your happy occasion. Isn’t that a reason to smile?
One thing we have that is common to us all is our smile. Our smile can be one of the most powerful things we have at our disposal. A smile is universal and everyone understands the meaning behind it in any language. Many of us smile because we are happy and our smile conveys joy to those around us, but sometimes smiling can make us feel happy even when we’re not.
For a long time, scientists have linked emotions with changes occurring in the body, from an elevated heart rate to flexion of the zygomatic major muscle… that’s smiling to you and me. It’s called ‘facial feedback hypothesis’. Our brains react to what our body is doing and it can have a knock on affect to our emotions. If we put on a smile, whether we’re genuinely happy or not, our brains will interpret it as happiness and our mood will change accordingly.
Smiles can be sincere, broad, small (a grin), natural, spontaneous and infectious. Scientist have documented about 14 different types of smiles. Even if we don’t feel happy, smiling can make those around us happy and in turn make us feel happier as well.
If you feel your smile could use a little extra help, call us. At Brogdon Dental we want to see you smile and would like to help you have the best smile possible. Your smile is really one of your greatest gifts, don’t hide it.