Oral Health and How It Affects You 

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Good oral hygiene does more than protect your teeth so you can keep eating the foods you love as you age. It also helps keep you healthy.  If you want to not only be able to eat that crisp apple but also to walk the hiking trail, then managing your teeth and gums may aid in both. Studies have found there may be ties between poor oral health and health problems. If you or your loved one needs help with grooming and personal care, Wesley Enhanced Living personal care services can help you gain and keep your health under control. 

Protect Your Teeth and Your Health 

Researchers are a little divided on the effects of poor oral hygiene on a person’s overall health, but many studies are suggesting that there is a link we should not ignore. Here are some of the observations of the connection between keeping your heart healthier when you maintain a healthy mouth:

  • How Plaque Affects Your Teeth: As we eat and drink, sugars and starches leak bacteria in your mouth that then release acids that cling to the enamel on your teeth. As plaque sticks to your teeth, the acids remain in constant contact and break down the enamel. When left unattended, the gum will pull away, and bacteria can then attack your jawbone.
  • Gum Disease May Be Connected to Heart Disease: The bacteria found in gum disease has also been found in the blood vessels of the heart. Additionally, inflammation is common in both the affected gums and the coronary arteries. The inflammation not only narrows the arteries in your body, but it also breaks down the tissue holding your teeth in place.
  • Diabetes May Raise Your Risk of Gum Disease: When you have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of infection. Failing to control your diabetes leaves you susceptible to gum disease.
  • Poor Oral Health Affects Cognitive Ability: It is possible that having periodontal problems may be associated with memory problems. Imagine averting mild memory slips by keeping your gums healthy.

Get Back to the Basics of Good Oral Hygiene

Keeping plaque under control is a matter of getting back to an essential health care regimen. Remember to brush at least twice a day, floss daily, use mouthwash, and see your dentist regularly. 

Keep Your Health Intact with Help from Wesley Enhanced Living

Enjoy your favorite activities when you eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, and keep your teeth clean. At Wesley Enhanced Living, we understand the changes that occur as you age. We work with our seniors and their families to provide the best care possible. Contact one of our six Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love it here. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own; give you a tour and inform you of our services.

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