Traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient health disciplines taught that our bodies work not as separate parts with their own separate functions, but as complex integrated systems. We’re returning to this understanding of our health, and one place we see it is in oral health care.
When we don’t take care of oral hygiene, we can end up with infectious bacteria in the mouth resulting in inflammation, which is associated with cancer. The same infectious bacteria can end up moving into the circulation, and then into the heart. The result? Recent studies show that poor oral health can lead directly to cancer and heart disease.
Brushing and flossing your teeth, along with regular professional cleanings, help keep your mouth healthy. But the things you eat make a difference, too. Cut back on sweets and sodas. Then ramp up whole foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Try increasing probiotic fermented foods into your diet, such as tempeh, sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir, kombucha and a personal favourite, kimchi. You’ll reduce inflammation, strengthen your microbiome, and improve your overall health.
Good oral care habits help give you a stunning smile. And they can also help keep your whole body well. Good overall health habits help keep you in vibrant health. And they also help maintain excellent oral health. All these decisions work together to create complete wellbeing.
Health. Lifestyle. Laughter