All this month is National Smile Month. We have talked about men’s health as it relates to oral care. We have discussed how you can get your best smile through the cosmetic dentistry of whitening and Invisalign. This week we will be talking more about how your smile is a gateway to your overall health. Specifically, how it relates to your heart and diabetes.
First let’s discuss how your smile can affect your heart. Risks for heart disease are the same as the risks for periodontal disease. These include the use of tobacco, poor nutrition, and diabetes. Some researchers believe that the bacteria that causes tarter buildup can travel through the blood stream and cause clots which can decrease blood flow to the heart in turn raising blood pressure. This can increase the risk of a heart attack. The Academy of General Dentistry has stated that the proper care and treatment of oral diseases and infections can lead to a decrease in blood pressure and improved overall health including your heart health.
So how does your smile relate to diabetes? Diabetes can increase your chances for gum disease. This is due to poor blood glucose levels. High blood sugar levels can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. To prevent diabetes from affecting your oral, heart, and overall health you should take managing your diabetes and your oral health very seriously. Making the commitment to manage your diabetes will help prevent oral diseases. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once can help cut down on bacteria and prevent oral disease from forming or spreading. Scheduling regular visits with your dentist and letting him/her know that you have diabetes can help in managing your oral health.
Taking care of your oral heath can help you take care of your overall health. Likewise, taking care of your overall health can help you take care of your oral health. The healthier we are the more likely we are to smile and the more we smile the healthier we are. Keep spreading your smiles this month, sometimes one smile can change a person’s day!