The mouth-body connection

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Remember that old song about how your knee bone is connected to your thigh bone and your thigh bone’s connected to your hip bone? Well, at Healthy Smile Centre, your dentist in Alexandria, we think the same song could be sung about your teeth. Your teeth are connected to your mo-outh, your mo-outh is connected to your thro-oat, your throat is connected to your lu-ungs, and your bloodstream, and your stomach and your bloodstream again, and your brain. OK, it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, especially when you sing as out of tune as we do, but you get the picture: as far as your body is concerned, everything is connected to everything.

So, what goes on in your mouth is going to affect the rest of your body. There is already plenty of evidence that oral health has a big effect on the health of the rest of your body, and vice versa. For example, if you have diabetes (and there’s plenty of you out there these days), you will find that you are more likely to get gum disease and that any treatments you have at the dentist in Alexandria here at Healthy Smile Centre, will take longer to heal. It’s why many dentists won’t give dental implants to people who have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes.

Similarly, if you have gum disease, it’s going to affect the rest of your body. There are links between gum disease and heart disease and other kinds of inflammatory diseases. So, if you want the rest of your body to stay healthy, it is important to come to the dentist in Alexandria for check-ups and to maintain a good oral health regime.

What is a good oral health regime?

Brush twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Floss or use interdental brushes to remove trapped food. Get check-ups with the dentist in Alexandria twice a year and deep cleans from the hygienist. Also, do your best to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Sugar is at the root of most dental and oral problems.