An Apple a Day and Your Toothbrush.
How taking care of your smile helps take care of your immune system.
Your health is one of the most important things you own. Cultivating a robust immune system is one of the best ways to promote good health, happiness, and balanced life.
We are all vulnerable to viruses and bacteria, but when your body defenses are weak and depleted, you are at much higher risk! Did you know you can give your immune system a simple tune-up at home?
A simple at-home immune system tune-up consists of:
- Getting enough good quality sleep.
- Moving your body with exercise.
- Promoting gut health with a diet full of plants.
- Being mindful with meditation or praying.
- Getting outside in nature and sunshine.
There is one other self-care area that can have a profound impact on your immune defenses and your health. It’s as simple as taking good care of your smile.
Bleeding gums is one of the first signs that your mouth is not healthy, and inflammation is present. Chronic low-grade inflammation in your mouth can tax your immune system and leave you more susceptible to other viruses and bacteria.
Research has shown a synergistic relationship between overall health and oral health. Chronic oral inflammation and gum disease are linked to a host of other health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s, and early and low weight births in pregnant women.
We all have bacteria in our mouths, and when we eat, we feed them. Plaque is a sticky film full of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque feast on the food we eat and then excrete (yes poop and pee!) acidic waste. The waste products are what lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
Plaque that gets left on the teeth longer than 48 hours calcifies and turns into tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with a toothbrush or floss. Your mouth…