You have almost certainly heard that old romantic adage that “the eyes are the windows to the soul.” Fair enough, and definitely beautiful enough. But on a more practical level, it could be said that the mouth is the gateway to the health of the entire body. Sure, it’s not as ethereal, but it underlies the importance of general dentistry and taking care of your oral health.
Unfortunately, the mouth is the most neglected part of the entire body when it comes to health care. The American Dental Association recommends that the average adult visit the dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams, but the average adult fails to visit the dentist even once a year. In fact, most people go to the dentist only when a dental emergency forces them to do so. Perhaps they would be more inclined to visit the dentist regularly if they understood the mouth-body connection.
What is the mouth-body connection, you may be asking? Simply stated, it is the link between your oral health and your overall health. It is a link that has become well understood by scientists and researchers only within the past couple of decades, and word is just beginning to spread among the general population. Certainly, we are doing our best to make sure that the importance of the mouth-body connection is understood by patients of our Sterling dental practice. We hope soon to count you among those patients so that we can help to improve your oral health and, by extension, your overall health.
Here are just a few facts that you may not have known about the connection between your oral health and your overall health:
These are just a few of the ways in which the mouth-body connection can be demonstrated. In truth, nearly every aspect of your mouth’s health can be related to your whole body’s health, and vice-versa.
To learn more about the mouth-body connection, please contact the dental practice of E. Richard Hughes, DDS today.