Is oral hygiene really an essential part of good health? The short answer is YES! Good oral health actually improves the overall health of your entire body. Here's why...
Consider how some of the parts of the mouth as indicators for health: In Traditional Chinese medicine, the tongue is often the first part of the body examined; its colour, texture and appearance reflect parts of the body which are ailing. Bacteria on the tongue can indicate digestive and breathing problems. Reduced tooth enamel can indicate acid problems, while teeth that have been ground down can indicate nervous stress or tension. And saliva is used as a diagnostic tool by Western medical practitioners all the time!
The American Academy of Periodontology states “infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body.”
Research actually suggests it's not only bacteria linking oral infections to the rest of the body, inflammation may also link periodontal disease to other illnesses. The Academy went on to suggest poor oral health may even be linked with major health concerns like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.
In particular, plaque, gum disease and gingivitis are associated with heart attack and stroke risk as the research links them to clogged arteries and blood clots. There are also claims that chronic gum inflammation interferes with blood sugar control causing insulin resistance for diabetics, who are already prone to gum infections.
We all know that regular dental check ups combined with brushing and flossing and avoiding sugary foods help maintain good oral hygiene, but how else can we improve our oral health?
A natural healing product such as Propolis is a great place to start. Propolis has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial qualities. When used orally, propolis may assist to prevent infection from a range of bacteria while also helping to relieve and heal any existing oral infections.
Propolis can be purchased as a gargle or even as a toothpaste, making it an ideal way to help fight bacteria and maintain good oral hygiene.
There are a range of antibacterial oral throat gargles and lozenges on the market, but if you prefer natural over chemical products, then using propolis as a liquid gargle, throat spray or toothpaste may suit you far better!
A clean mouth really does amount to a healthy body, and there are many ways you can improve your oral hygiene without a dreaded visit to the dentist’s chair!