New Year’s resolution:  Improve your health with good oral health

New Year’s resolution: Improve your health with good oral health

Posted by Susanne, Associate Brand Manager and resident Registered Dental Hygienist

Did you know that one of the members of our brand team is also a registered dental hygienist? When we need advice on how to best take advantage of our natural oral care product line, we like to ask Susanne.

Dear Susanne,

With the New Year just around the corner, I am starting to think about my 2012 resolutions. This year they all seem to revolve around improving my health.

Oral health is one area where I’ve always been a little lazy, but the older I get, the more I worry that my gum disease and tooth decay could be causing other problems. I plan to make improving my oral health one of my resolutions, but for me to have the right motivation, I need to know the facts.

Tell me, can a healthy mouth really lead to a healthier body?



Dear Resolute,

Taking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just a cosmetic concern—it’s a key part of a healthy lifestyle! The 2000 Surgeon General’s report, “Oral Health in America”, states that, if left untreated, poor oral health is a “silent X-factor promoting the onset of life-threatening diseases which are responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans each year.” The nutshell is you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mouth.

You’re probably wondering what the connection between brushing (and flossing) is to the rest of your body. Let’s see if I can help fuel your motivation with some facts:

Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that if controlled by early intervention, the prognosis for restoring the tooth is good. In its earliest stages the infection can be reversed! If left untreated the decay can progress out of the tooth and into the surrounding bone, abscess and need a root canal or extraction.

Plaque is the culprit that leads to inflammation and bleeding gums which is properly defined as an infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease may increase risk of stroke, heart attacks, and can complicate diabetes management.

Studies have found that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to deliver premature, low birth weight babies.

Oral infection also has been implicated in respiratory ailments. Bacteria in periodontal disease can travel from the mouth to the lungs, where it can aggravate respiratory conditions, particularly in patients who already have other diseases.

OK, I know you’re motivated now! The key is to get your gums in shape by disrupting the plaque each day with proper brushing and flossing. Disrupt? Think of plaque as a stack of bacteria building blocks that you want to knock down every day.

Talk to your dental professional to make sure you are maintaining the health of your mouth correctly. Remember: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”