Protect your Health by keeping your Mouth Clean

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Personal hygiene can play a large part in your overall health, especially when it comes to your oral care. When you take good care of your teeth, you reduce the presence of bad bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease. The presence of bacteria is everywhere, and it is a key component of the human life cycle. There are two forms of bacteria: good bacteria that help our bodies function and bad bacteria that cause damage. A new study links lung disease to the presence of mouth bacteria. Below are the findings of the study that will highlight the importance of oral care.

The Study

The study was led by Dr. Yoshihisa Tamashita with a team of Japanese scientists from Kyushu University in Fukuoka. In a senior community located in Hisayma, Japan, the team gathered 500 elderly test subjects ranging in age from 70-80 years and analyzed their tongue microbiota composition. Then, the team used a scientific technique called genomic sequencing that revealed the presence of Prevotella histicola and Streptococcus salivarius, which is the same bacteria linked to pneumonia that resulted in death.

The Results

During the oral exams of the test subjects, these bacteria appeared in subjects with excessive amounts of plaque, decaying teeth, and in some cases, missing teeth. The first result shows that seniors with poor oral health typically ingest more dysbiotic microbiota from their tongue, potentially causing additional damage to their health. The second result shows that more research needs to be conducted to uncover the long-term effects the bacteria have on the overall health condition.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Although there are microbes in our mouths that help fight off bad bacteria and aid in the digestion process, everything must remain in a delicate balance. When you eat foods that are high in sugar and simple starches, the bacteria that favors it can cause cavities and gum disease. To keep the bacteria at bay, Hartrick Dental recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day, get six-months checkups and cleanings at the dentist, and eat a healthy diet.

The American Heart Association states that no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar for most American women and 9 teaspoons of sugar for most American men should be consumed per day. Unfortunately, with hidden sugars in processed foods, it can be easy to over-indulge in the amount of sugar you consume. Think about this, if just one 12-ounce can of soda has eight teaspoons of sugar, after consuming the beverage, you will have exceeded the total amount of sugar that should be consumed in a day if you are a woman. The sugar that you consume sticks to your teeth and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, when you reduce the amount of sugar you consume over-all, you will reduce the potential for health-harming bacteria to attack your teeth.

The best way to prevent bacteria from building up is a regular regimen of brushing twice daily and flossing daily. In addition, it is important to see your local dental provider in the Royal Oak and Birmingham area, Hartrick Dentistry, for regular checkups and cleanings. At these dental visits, we will clean those hard to reach areas where plaque tends to hide and turn into tartar buildup that only special dental tools can remove.

Dental Checkups and Cleanings in Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan

As we have seen, your oral health has a direct connection to your overall health. To prevent health complications, including respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, commit to a regular oral cleaning regimen, and contact Hartrick Dentistry at (248) 549-0950 to schedule an appointment today.

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    Royal Oak, MI 48073
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