Things you may not know about Oral Health: A window to your overall health

Great tips from Berkeley Wellness: (you will have to search for the article oral health – below is a brief synopsis.

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/slideshow/24-tips-healthy-aging

Of all the things we know we should do, one of the more under rated and overlooked about is Oral Health our “Window to Overall Health”.

– Peridontal (gum) disease is a harbinger and/or may play a role in other health issues (heart disease, diabetes, etc). The bacteria in our mouth can also rise with medications (decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants) that reduce saliva flow. Saliva  is important in protecting from bacteria buildup.

For more information on Oral Health – click here:

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

Protect your Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months (yuck… bacteria builds on that toothbrush)
  • See your dentist
  • Easy on the sugar
  • Check with your physician or dentist if you are on medications that can reduce saliva
  • SMILE!

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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