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It’s Wellness Wednesday!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By now you’ve fought through the fierce crowds and lines of Black Friday, loosened your purse strings for Small Business Saturday, and shopped from home while searching high and low for great finds on Cyber Monday.

Hopefully you’ve walked away from it all unscathed, grabbed some good deals, and accomplished much of your holiday shopping! Are you exhausted yet?

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We hope you have some energy left, because it’s time for Wellness Wednesday! With all this focus on shopping, potentially a lot of missed sleep, the stress of travelling and visitors, and the anticipation of the holidays, it’s easy for our WELLNESS habits and goals to get lost in the shuffle.

“Is Oral Health Really an Important Part of Our Overall Health?”

Yes! In fact, your oral health gives clues about your overall health. Problems in your mouth can not only affect the rest of your body, but can indicate underlying health issues. Your oral health is more important than you might have even realized.

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Without proper oral hygiene, the bacteria in the mouth can reach levels that can lead to infections. Natural defenses coupled with regular oral health care help to keep these bacteria under control.

Chronic inflammation of gum disease can play a role in other diseases and inflammation of the body, making both conditions more severe. Inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease can be linked to infections that oral bacteria can cause, according to some research.

Your state of overall health relates directly to your heart health.

Bacteria that enter the body, including through your mouth, can spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart, leading to endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart.

Oral health is important for mom and baby during pregnancy. Inflammation and infection in your mouth has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

But That’s Not All…

Certain pre-existing conditions can affect your oral health. Diabetes, for example, reduces the body’s resistance to infection, putting your gums at higher risk for disease. The reverse is true as well: People with gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, so regular dental health care can improve diabetes control. Another example is osteoporosis, in which there is an increased risk for periodontal bone loss and tooth loss, due to the weakness of the bone structure.

Medications, such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants can all reduce saliva flow. Since saliva is so important for neutralizing acids and washing away food particles, this reduction in saliva can give bacteria a chance to thrive and potentially lead to complications, gum disease, or other inflammatory processes.

The team at Hagen Dental wants to remind you to keep up with your regular dental hygiene. Floss and brush daily, stay hydrated, and try to avoid indulging in too many of the sweets and treats that are so prevalent this time of year. If you have a dental checkup scheduled, don’t skip it! This time of year can get busy, but your health is worth making time for.

Another Wellness Wednesday tip: When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If it’s been more than 4 months, it’s time to change… so add a toothbrush to your shopping list!

Improve Your Total Health: Call Hagen Dental Practice Today

Have any questions you want to know the answer to? We’d love to answer any of the questions you have! Schedule your next visit with Hagen Dental by calling us at (513) 251-5500.

Sources/References to read more:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

 

 

The Link Between Our Heart & Our Mouth

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Can you believe that 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are received as gifts for Valentine’s Day each year? And, at least 8 billion candy hearts are bought to celebrate the holiday.

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Remember our oral health impacts our entire health, including our risk of heart disease. We can control many gum and cardiovascular disease risk factors, including how much we exercise, our nutrition, our living spaces, how well we take care of our teeth, and how well we manage conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

No matter if it’s sugar or chocolate, the heart is surely a symbol of love during this time of year. It’s not surprising to hear that February is also American Heart Montha time where we focus on preventing heart disease.

Being that this month has such a focus on hearts, we ask the question: what’s the link between our oral heath and our heart health?

Insight #1: research has shown how people with gum disease are more likely to also have heart disease.

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases (heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure) is actually the number one killer of women and men in the US today?

Insight #2: our state of oral health tells us about our overall state of health.

Let’s take a closer look at that last statement.

Many of the risk factors for gum disease are also risk factors for heart disease.

Those risk factors for both gum disease and cardiovascular disease that we can control include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Knowing this connection, it isn’t surprising to see how people who have chronic gum disease are people who are at a higher risk for a heart attack. But remember—that’s a list of risk factors we can control and manage through good habits.

Beyond Brushing and Flossing: Steps to Protecting Our Heart

Regular dental exams and cleanings are very important to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar that build up in our mouths, and that’s even if we are flossing and brushing each day. In this way, visiting your dentist can keep you proactively work to maintain your oral health.

If you have abnormal bleeding, teeth that are loose, chronic bad breath, or gums that are red, tender, or swollen gums, let us know, since these can be signs of gum disease. Not only are regular cleanings best for removing plaque build-up, but they are critical to ensure gum disease does not go unnoticed, therefore further serving to protect your heart. For more on Hagen Dental, visit us here.

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