In recent years more and more articles link certain diseases to poor oral health. Coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's, and dementia have links to dental neglect and chronic periodontal diseases. Part of the discovery reveals bacteria found in the mouth are not only isolated to the gums, mouth, teeth, tongue, etc. The bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) that is the major cause of cavities, swollen gums, tooth loss, and recurring sores, are also found in the brain, heart, and lung tissue. This suggests the bacteria travel through the bloodstream and settles in different organs causing additional health issues.
How bacteria sneak into your blood through your mouth
A good diet and tackling the bacteria that settle on the teeth and gums are essential to good oral health. The mechanical act of brushing and flossing is the recommended way to fight tooth decay. However, depending on the technique effectiveness of brushing, pockets of bacteria can still be missed allowing bacteria to eat away the enamel lining of the teeth. So many wonder, why even though they brush, floss, and go to the dentist regularly, why they may still experience dental issues.
The answer is the time between dental visits every six months. The maintenance of oral health between dental visits is just as crucial as the bi-annual visits. What you do during that time will make a difference in how pervasive the bacteria growth will be and the time it takes for damage. Most dentists take dental x-rays once per year and may not know if cavities have developed for a while.
During those crucial six months to a one-year time until the next dental visit, bacteria will have enough time to travel through the body and make a person with already compromised health more ill.
Help prevent issues ongoing issues between dental visits with a good blend of natural essential oils such as Breath of Life. You will notice the difference, and your mouth will thank you!