Health & Wellness
The mouth and the body are linked directly and constantly. The more we have learned about the intricate, interconnected systems in the body, the more we understand the need for excellent oral hygiene.
Dr. Noor believes that this connection between the mouth and body goes both ways. When we keep our teeth and gums healthy by consistently eliminating harmful bacteria, we protect the body against a host of unhealthy conditions that range from heart disease to difficulty controlling blood sugar to generalized inflammation and infection. Likewise, when we take measures to improve the health of the body, there is less risk of certain oral conditions like plaque buildup, dry mouth, and dental caries.
Diabetes, for instance, when not adequately controlled, it results in elevated sugar levels in the saliva. This factor alone can lead to:
- Periodontal disease
- Oral infection
- Dental caries, tooth decay
- Dry mouth (xerostomia)
- Candidiasis, also known as thrush, which is a fungal infection
- Burning mouth syndrome
Because of the two-way connection between oral health and general health, the wisest thing that can be done is a multifaceted approach to overall health. By taking care of the body, the teeth and gums are protected and vice-versa. Therefore, brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits are only part of an overall plan to enjoy optimal health. The teeth and gums are healthiest when they receive the nutrients they need, which may include:
- Vitamin A, which is found in leafy greens and richly colored vegetables like sweet potatoes and kale. Vitamin A can also be obtained from eggs, cheese, cantaloupe, and papaya.
- Vitamin C, which comes from oranges and orange juice, spinach, berries, and cabbage.
- Vitamin D comes from fish like tuna or catfish, as well as eggs, milk, and some calcium supplements.
- Calcium, which builds strong teeth and bones, comes from milk as well as nuts like almonds, and sesame seeds, okra, and collard greens.
Another way of making sure the body gets the proper nutrients for optimal health is to supplement the diet. Although we are a dental practice concerned with improving the oral health of our patients, Dr. Noor also consults with patients on aspects related to general health so that the mouth and body can work optimally together. Products found at http://www.nutrametrix.com/alldental have been proven safe and effective in alleviating certain conditions and promoting better overall health.
For more information on supplementing for your best health, contact us today.