Many areas of your body, including your mouth, are teeming with bacteria. Most are harmless and some are beneficial, but the undesirables need to be kept under control! Keep in mind, the door to the body is the mouth, therefore, keeping your oral health in optimum condition is vital to your overall well-being. Our body’s natural defenses keep most in check, but we must also do our part. Exercise, eating nutritious foods and taking care of our teeth and gums, with regular brushing and flossing, are all important to maintaining a healthy body.

As excerpted from Body and Soul:

Our mouths can tell us so much about our overall health. If your mouth isn’t as healthy as it could be, chances are your health won’t be, either. Dr. Lewis Ehrlich, dentist, health coach and PT says, “our oral health and general health are intimately linked and there are many things we typically wouldn’t think could be impacting it” – like these, for starters…

1. If we don’t breathe correctly we could be susceptible to tooth grinding and sleep apnea

2. Eat nutrient rich, natural foods

3. Eating the wrong foods won’t allow your teeth and jaw to work and develop as nature intended it to

4. Drinking too much sparkling mineral water is a common cause of tooth decay

5. Mouth breathing

6. Constant irritation in our sinuses and tonsils during sleep

7. A bad sleep routine

8. We underestimate how important flossing is

9. Inflammation and plaque underneath the gums will increase the chance of tooth decay

10. Exercise for oral health

It’s important to see your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year for routine dental cleanings and exams. Staying on top of your dental maintenance not only benefits your teeth and gums, but provides a window to your total well-being. Always share with your dentist any concerns or changes in your oral health. Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci encourage their patients to have an open and honest dialogue to ensure they are providing the utmost care. At C R Dental Group your whole health is our priority!