When you walk into our office, we don't see just another mouth — we see a whole person. Even though we're experts when it comes to your teeth and gums, we care about the rest of you too because we understand the connection between oral health and overall physical health. Good oral hygiene and oral health can reduce the risk of serious disease and may even preserve your memory in your golden years.
We know that your lifestyle, diet, hygiene habits and many other factors combine to affect the well-being of your mouth. That's why we're committed to championing healthy choices and effective treatment plans that will keep your teeth — and the rest of you — happy.
Our goal isn't to lecture you or send you on a guilt trip; rather, our mission is to promote awareness about the relationship between your oral health and your overall health so you can make informed decisions about your hygiene habits.
Remember: it's never too late to start taking care of your teeth and gums. Even if you listlessly brush your teeth for one minute every morning, or you've given up on your teeth all together, a few extra minutes of care each day can change your mouth — and your life — for the better.
We found these little nuggets of information interesting and helpful. We hope you do too.
Health Benefit #1: Better Quality of Life and Confidence
Decayed teeth and gum disease are no fun. They not only affect the appearance of your mouth, they invite their rude friend, Bad Breath, over all time. This can affect your confidence, self-image and self-esteem.
When you have a healthy mouth, your quality of life is bound to be better. You can eat properly, sleep better and concentrate on the things you love to do without any aching teeth or mouth infections to distract you.
Health Benefit #2: May Lower Risk of Heart Disease
The chronic inflammation that comes with gum disease has been associated with the development of heart disease, blood vessel blockage and strokes.
Scientists won't yet confirm that there's a cause-and-affect between gum disease and these health problems; however, the link has shown up in numerous studies.
Health Benefit #3: Preserves Your Memory
Adults with gingivitis (gum disease) performed worse on memory tests and subtraction than adults with healthier mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
You can greatly reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause gum disease, by using an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste.
Health Benefit #4: Reduces Risks of Infection and Inflammation
Researchers have found links between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Experts note that the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and arthritis is similar.
If you eat a balanced diet, visit Dr. Tinkle regularly and practice good oral hygiene (brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day), you can greatly reduce your risks for decaying teeth and gum disease.
Health Benefit #5: Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable if You Have Diabetes
Experts have found that people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease and gum problems. Diabetes can make you less able to fight off infections, which makes it easier for a small gum infection to turn into gum disease.
If you have diabetes, protecting your oral health can reduce your risk of gingivitis and may help you control your blood sugar levels.
Health Benefit #6: Helps Pregnant Women Carry a Baby to Term
Some research suggests a link between gum disease and preterm, low-birth-weight infants.
If you're pregnant, you may naturally think of visiting only your doctor, but it's important to include Dr. Tinkle as part of your prenatal care. He can make sure your mouth is receiving proper attention so your baby is getting the care he or she needs.
Already Have Kids?
It's never too early to start teaching your children to take care of their teeth and gums. Healthy habits learned in childhood pay off beautifully in adulthood. If you're tempted to shrug off good oral hygiene habits, remind yourself that you can be a stellar role model.
Remember the six ways a healthy mouth boosts your overall health, and take control of your hygiene habits for a better future.
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