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A healthy smile is always nice to look at, but did you know that it’s actually part of having a healthy body? I have always appreciated a nice smile that gets used frequently, but I didn’t realize how significant the connection between mouth and body really is. I knew that smiling sends your brain positive messages that lead to increased feelings of happiness. And a smile can make someone else feel better too. No doubt those are great reasons to maintain a healthy smile, but looking a little deeper, there are many more reasons to keep the teeth, gums and mouth healthy to help keep the body healthy.
The mouth/body connection can be seen in conditions such as:
- Diabetes – Inflammation in the mouth seems to weaken the way the body uses blood sugar.
- Heart disease – Oral inflammation can also affect inflammation in the blood vessels. By allowing less blood to travel throughout the body, blood pressure is raised, increasing the risk of heart attack.
- Osteoporosis – Some research has indicated a potential link between gum disease and osteoporosis. Inflammation in the gums is believed to also weaken bones throughout the body.
- Other conditions – Lung conditions, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis have also been linked to oral health, proving that there is a strong connection between the mouth and the rest of the body.
To protect your body and your mouth, practicing good oral health is important. Following these steps each day will help protect your mouth and give you a healthy smile:
- Brush – Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps remove the plaque that can lead to cavities. Be sure to brush 2-3 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. My family uses Tom’s of Maine® oral hygiene products because I love their all natural products. It is important to me to eliminate as many preservatives, chemicals and toxins from my home as possible and Tom’s of Maine® helps me provide my family with products that are free of artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives, and animal ingredients. And because Walmart carries the entire line of Tom’s of Maine® products, it’s easy to add them to my basket on my regular shopping trip. While in the health and beauty area, make sure to pick up a new toothbrush every 3 months and replace the old one.
- Floss – Flossing your teeth once a day helps remove food and plaque from between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. If plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar that only a dentist or hygienist can remove.
- Rinse – Not only do mouthwashes freshen your breath, they also kill bacteria that can lead to plaque and gum disease. It doesn’t matter if you rinse before or after brushing either.
- Eat right – Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet is not only good for your body, but good for your oral health too. Avoiding starchy and sugary foods can help reduce tooth decay since the acids from these foods tend to stick to your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly – Recommended dental care suggests visiting the dentist every six months. Regular check-ups and a professional cleaning can help ensure that your teeth are being properly cared for and eliminate any potential issues.
How do you make sure you have a healthy and beautiful smile? Be sure to check out the entire line of Tom’s of Maine® products for more natural health and beauty alternatives, including deodorant, soap and mouthwash.