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How Oral Health Affects Overall Health

Oral_HealthJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN

We all want to have a bright smile, fresh breath and healthy teeth. Sometimes though, it’s easy to “brush off” daily flossing, biannual dental checkups or even cleaning our teeth before we settle down for the night. When we do this too often, we jeopardize our dental health and increase the risk of acquiring dental decay and gum disease, which can affect not only our dental health, but our overall health as well. Oral health, whether good or bad, mirrors the condition of the health of the body and can have a huge impact on our quality of life.

  • Chronic oral inflammation, resulting from the low grade infection caused by moderate or advanced periodontal disease, is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Besides being tender and unsightly, chronic swollen and bleeding gums, known as gingivitis, can lead to bone and tooth loss.
  • Studies have shown that oral bacteria resulting from substandard dental hygiene is associated with poor neurological health, memory problems and declining cognitive skills, providing very good motivation to address dental health issues.
  • Tooth abscesses have been linked to infections in other parts of the body, a good reason not to ignore a cavity. Statistics show that hospitalizations resulting from untreated dental abscesses are on the rise.
  • Research has shown similarities between unhealthy gums and joint inflammation, including the destruction of connective tissues, such as seen in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • People with diabetes are at higher risk of gum disease and other infections. Protecting oral health may aid blood sugar control, so be especially diligent with oral care if you have diabetes or risk factors for developing diabetes.
  • Poor oral health during pregnancy is linked to preterm, low-birthrate babies, so it’s very important to properly care for and maintain healthy teeth and gums while pregnant.

Significantly, just as an eye exam may determine health problems in other parts of the body, such as high cholesterol levels, diabetes and high blood pressure, an oral exam can reveal conditions such as osteoporosis, digestive and eating disorders, kidney disease and cancer. As we all want and need our teeth to remain healthy and last for a lifetime, taking good care of your oral health is well worth the few minutes it takes to floss and brush regularly. And those twice yearly visits to your dentist for an exam and cleaning are very important, not just for a beautiful smile, but for the health of your body as well. Research suggests that disciplined people who exercise regularly, make healthy food choices and maintain their weight are more likely to floss daily and take good care of their teeth and gums. Those who make a commitment to their long term health know that one of the secrets to a long and healthy life may just be as simple as living mindfully.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other fine products for dental health support:

Propolis MGO 400+ & Manuka Honey Toothpaste with Manuka OilPropolis MGO 400+ & Manuka Honey Toothpaste with Manuka Oil by Manuka Health – Known for its healing and antibacterial properties, this mild menthol toothpaste contains premium BIO30™ New Zealand Propolis, high grade MGO™ Manuka Honey and pure Manuka Oil with natural plant extracts to gently cleanse. Studies suggest that Manuka honey may be able to reduce oral pathogens within dental plaque. Fluoride, sodium lauryl sulphate and preservative free formula.

IPSAB Herbal Gum Treatment
IPSAB Herbal Gum Treatment by Heritage – Naturally flavored with peppermint spirits, this astringent formula is recommended for healthy gum tissue and effective oral hygiene. Massage into gum tissues to strengthen and help shrink swollen gum tissues.

 

Neem & Pomegranate ToothpasteNeem & Pomegranate Toothpaste by Himalaya Herbal HealthcareThis fluoride and saccharin free toothpaste contains traditional Ayurvedic herbal ingredients such as neem, triphala, thyme, botanicals, essential oils and pomegranate to aid in promoting clean and healthy teeth and gum tissues. Neem has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

 

References:
Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions
Oral Infections Causing More Hospitalizations
Researchers find potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s
Gum Disease (Gingivitis)

How Dental Health Affects Overall Health

Dental2JacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

By now, many of us are armed with the knowledge that a healthy lifestyle can help ward off age-related chronic diseases. But did you know that unhealthy gums and teeth are often found in combination with heart disease and other health conditions? Gingivitis, an inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth, generally results from poor oral hygiene, such as lack of brushing and flossing. However, smoking, stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes and certain medications are among other contributing factors. Left untreated, this condition can lead to a more serious infection known as periodontitis, which occurs below the gum line and damages the soft connective tissues and the bone that support the teeth. This largely preventable condition can cause bone and tooth loss and potentially increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and chronic disease.

If your gums are red and puffy and bleed easily when brushing or eating, seeking dental care sooner rather than later can help reverse any damage and potentially prevent other health problems. The long term effects of extended bacterial exposure is a source of disease for the entire body, as highly aggressive bacteria can make their way into the bloodstream. These periodontal pathogens are believed to be a contributing source of immune overreaction in the inflammatory disease patterns of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and possibly Alzheimer’s. As nearly half of the U.S. population over 30 years of age is estimated to have or be at risk for chronic periodontitis, this destructive inflammatory disorder needs to be addressed in order to protect general health.  

  • Diabetes – The association between diabetes and inflammatory periodontal disease has been well documented. Often considered a complication of diabetes, research suggests that periodontal disease adversely affects the metabolic control of diabetes. Conversely, diabetes increases the risk of developing periodontitis.
  • Cardiovascular disease – Studies have shown a strong connection between the importance of oral health in connection to heart health. The potential causal relationship between periodontal disease and heart disease suggests that treatment of gum disease may reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis, narrowing of the arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes. While medical science cannot confirm that periodontitis causes heart disease, scientists believe the link involves more than the common shared inflammation response risk factor. General medical recommendations for people with periodontal disease include a medical evaluation for heart problems. For people with heart disease a dental exam is recommended to evaluate signs of periodontal disease.
  • Respiratory diseases – Current scientific findings suggest a link between periodontal disease and the development of respiratory tract diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and pneumonia, especially in the elderly population. Oral bacteria can reach the lungs through aspiration or inhalation, causing infections or a worsening of existing lung conditions.

Treatment for periodontal disease can involve deep cleaning, surgical and restorative procedures. Good lifestyle habits, including a well balanced and nutritious diet and not smoking, are important steps towards regaining periodontal health. As always, prevention, including habitual dental exams and good oral hygiene, and healthy habits, such as frequent brushing and daily flossing, are critical to preventing gum disease and maintaining good oral and overall health. One more tip, when the bristles on your toothbrush begin to wear and fray, it’s time to invest in a new brush!

Here are some suggestions for products and supplements that support oral health:

PerioBiotic Fennel Toothpaste
 
PerioBiotic Fennel Toothpaste by Designs for Health – This fluoride-free toothpaste contains a strain of probiotic that competes with unhealthy strains of oral bacteria. Additional active ingredients have been shown to promote dental and oral health. Also available in spearmint flavor.
 
CoQ10 ST 100
 
CoQ10 ST 100 by Metagenics – This highly bioavailable antioxidant formula helps to suppress the inflammatory response and helps prevent CoQ10 deficiency often seen in those with periodontal disease.
 
 
OraBliss
 
OraBliss™ by Quantum Nutrition Labs – This formula provides a unique patented probiotic for support of healthy teeth and gums. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
 
 
 
Ultimate-E (E143)
 
Ultimate-E (E143) by Thorne Research – This pure, undiluted vitamin E contains naturally occurring mixed tocopherols, which have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system and help heal and preserve periodontal tissues.
 
 
Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste
 
Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – This fluoride and saccharin free toothpaste contains dependable time tested ingredients neem, triphala and pomegranate to keep teeth and tissues clean and healthy. Neem has been used for centuries for its powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties.