The Biggest Thing You Never Knew About Your Mouth
What happens when you don’t take care of your mouth? Sure, you might get bad breath. Cavities. Sore gums. Your dentist might be mad at you. Those are all pretty surface-level consequences. But we’re starting to discover that we’ve been thinking about our mouths all wrong.
What dentists and physicians are discovering is that the mouth is a much bigger gateway to our overall health than was initially thought. The inflammation, bacteria and toxins in our mouths can have consequences that go far beyond just causing you to spend a couple hours in a dentist’s chair.
According to Charles Whitney, M.D., “… Oral infections lead to heart attacks, contribute to strokes [and] contribute a cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. The science behind … oral infections is unequivocal.”
Whitney discusses the mouth-body connection with Gary Takacs, host of the Thriving dentist podcast. If you’re passionate about this subject, we suggest you listen to the whole conversation here.
It’s rare for a dentist and a physician to get together to discuss oral health, because oral health is usually relegated to dentists alone. Dr. Whitney wants to change this separation. He’s had tremendous success with his heart attack and stroke prevention programs by helping his at-risk patients beat oral health care problems. To him, a major key to preventing or beating inflammation-based diseases is treating inflammation in the mouth.
The two of them list several diseases that are more closely linked with oral health than was previously thought:
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers, like pancreatic cancer
The connection between the mouth and whole body health is just starting to surface, and a lot of the general public isn’t even aware of it. At Boka, we believe a healthier mouth leads to a healthier you, and we’re on a mission to spread awareness of this connection.
The good news is that taking care of your mouth is simple. All you have to do is:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Replace your brush every three months to avoid buildup of bacteria
- See your dentist every six months
As you can see, this doesn’t require fancy equipment or a lot of extra cash—just a bit of daily diligence. We hope that when you brush and floss in the morning, you know that you’re doing more than just beating cavities. You’re working to maintain your wellness and take a step toward preventing inflammation-based health problems down the road.
So cheers to you for taking the first step! We’ll raise a brush to that.