Does a Healthy Mouth Promote a Stronger Immune System?
June 24, 2020
As we continue to navigate the nation’s pandemic, a strong immune system is more coveted and valued than ever before. Your immune system, or your body’s ability to fight off sickness and disease, is connected to every part of your body – including your mouth. Not only does what you put in your mouth (food, drinks, medicine, etc) affect your immune system, but the health of your mouth plays a very significant role too. In fact, your dental health is very closely linked to your whole-body health and immune system.
The Threat of Poor Oral Health on Your Immune System
Good dental health demands good dental hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing each day to rid the mouth of food debris and oral bacteria. Without proper and consistent brushing, oral bacteria can feed and multiply on the food particles left behind. This can lead to oral infections, decay, and gum disease. When these dental issues go untreated, the whole body can be impacted in a negative way – such as lowering your immune system and limiting your ability to fight off viruses.
Since excessive bacteria can alter your immune system and bacteria thrives inside the dark, moist and nutrient-rich environment of your mouth, dental hygiene becomes a critical component for a strong immune system.
Protecting Your Oral Health and Boosting Your Immune System
Good oral hygiene includes the following easy steps you can take at home:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss daily.
- Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months or when bristles are frayed.
- See your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning.
At Soft Touch Dentistry, we value the link between oral health and overall health. Dr. Thompson welcomes the opportunity to help you keep your mouth free of disease and infection so that your body’s immune system stays up to par. Call today to learn more about how you can improve your dental hygiene routine.
Soft Touch Dentistry
O’Fallon, IL 62269