How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health [Episode #786]
This week’s topic is: How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health
I love this topic because it just feels like circles upon circles to me. And we have our Four Cornerstones, food, body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth. When we have that steadiness, we’re supporting this circle of wholeness that we are. And even within the Cornerstones, within the body part, let’s say our teeth and gums, our oral health affects the whole of the body.
And it’s like how our energy affects the whole of everyone. We’re all interconnected. It is these circles upon circles, and it’s really important that we take this holistic approach because when we think in terms of separatism, this one part we try to divide and focus on one thing, we don’t get the best results because everything is so intertwined. There is this interconnectivity between all things.
Sometimes we don’t really correlate our mouths, our oral health with other organs such as our heart. However, as we will get into today in the research, there is an incredible connection between our oral care, our oral health, and the rest of our body. And I’m going to give you some of this interesting research, and then I’m going to talk about ways that we can really boost our oral care and oral health from a holistic standpoint.
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Love the show Kimberly. I have always struggled with my Oral health and keeping up with it. It didn’t used to affect me but recently I have had oral health issues and my dentist told me that poor oral care could affect other aspects of my health. Should I be concerned?
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Namaste loves and welcome back to our Thursday q and a show where our topic today is How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health. And I love this topic because it just feels like circles upon circles to me, right? So we have our four cornerstones, food body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. When we have that steadiness, we’re supporting this circle of wholeness that we are. And even within the cornerstones, within the body, one part, let’s say our teeth and gums, our oral health affects the whole of the body. And it’s, you know, like how our energy affects the whole of everyone. We’re all interconnected. So it is these circles upon circles, and it’s really important that we take this holistic approach because when we think in terms of just, you know, separatism this one part, we try to divide, focus on one thing.
We don’t get the best results because everything is so, um, intertwined. There is this interconnectivity between all things. So sometimes we don’t really correlate our mouths, our oral health with other organs such as our heart. But as what we will get into today in the research, there is an incredible connection between our oral care, our oral health, and the rest of our body. And so I’m going to give you some of this interesting research, and then I’m gonna talk about ways that we can really boost our oral care and oral health from a holistic standpoint.
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Question around the topic of: How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health: Love the show Kimberly. I have always struggled with my Oral health and keeping up with it. It didn’t used to affect me but recently I have had oral health issues and my dentist told me that poor oral care could affect other aspects of my health. Should I be concerned?
Alright, let’s get into our show today, which is about how oral health and oral care affects your whole body’s health. And our question comes today from Isabella, who lives in Kansas City. And thank you so much, Isabella, my love for being part of our community. Your question is, love the show, Kimberly. I have always struggled with oral health and keeping up with it. It didn’t used to affect me, but recently I’ve had oral health issues and my dentist told me that poor oral care can affect other aspects of my health, should I be concerned. So thank you so much, Isabella, sending you lots of love out there to Kansas City, and I’m just so honored that we are connected. Makes me feel very grateful and thank you. I’m grateful as well for you highlighting this important topic because sometimes again, it’s very easy to slip into the mindset that you know, I’m gonna do something that’s really great for my teeth and that’s it. Or I’m not, I’m going to neglect my kidneys, you know, and that’s it, or my skin or my hair, whatever it is.
But actually everything is intimately connected to everything else. And so we really wanna look at it from that perspective. It’s sort of like how a sugar cube goes into a glass of water and it dissolves, it goes everywhere, right? It’s not just this one little thing that you can take in and out, but this interconnectivity that we wanna think of when we think of health. And so there is a lot of research showing how much our oral health affects other organs. I’m gonna dive right into, um, right into it here, including the heart. So these studies, we will put on my sal luna.com in the show notes if you’re interested in, in reading, perusing the studies on your own. But from 2018, um, a study from the National Library of Medicine found that there’s a link between gum disease and heart disease because the bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream and go into the heart.
So sometimes we think again in, you know, um, separatist terms, we think of, okay, what’s good for my heart, specifically avoiding eating excessive red meat or any red meat perhaps. And, um, you know, avoiding inflammatory oils, omega six s, so on and so forth. But actually another important aspect is keeping our mouth healthy, which we’ll get into after we get through some of this research. So this was really interesting that in this research they found, they look at, at over 65,000 people experiencing cardiovascular events, including heart attack, and found that there was a correlation between tooth loss, a measure of poor oral health and heart disease. So again, we wanna pay attention to all the different parts of health and wellbeing. Another great motivator to brush and floss. Now, oral health is also connected to respiratory infections, which is really interesting. Now we’re still coming off, you know, and still in it, the, the whole covid experience that is a collective we’ve been through and really paying attention to how we can boost our lung health and respiratory health.
And so this is a study from the National Library of Medicine and it explored that, um, those that were experiencing, um, different, uh, bacteria, particularly in the lower respiratory tract. There was a, um, there was a correlation with Peron disease. So it has actually increased the risk of these types of infections. So isn’t that interesting? Oral health can actually be connected to the health of your lungs, right? So we don’t, in our minds, in our linear brains, we may not make that straight line connection, but it is very much there in the research. So again, everything travels everywhere else in the body. It’s like that sugar cube. So the bacteria and the, um, perio, the, the diseases in our gums become systemic. They affect other organs as well that maybe we don’t particularly necessarily think about. Now, it can also create, um, there’s also diabetes, right?
So the National Institute of Dental and cranial facial research has found that treating gum disease can improve blood sugar control. So this is really interesting. People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease and gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels. So it’s sort of like the chicken before the egg idea, right? So the sugar is feeding the gum disease and then when we have the gum disease, it’s harder to control the blood sugar levels. So in general, we wanna make sure that we are really caring for our gums and our teeth, especially in this day and age where diabetes has become such an epidemic. And now this is one that I have some personal connection to, and this is, um, the connection between gum disease and pregnancy. Now, I didn’t actually get gum disease, but what I meant by my personal connection is that I did experience gum bleeding while I was pregnant with both of my children. And this is because hormonal changes can make you more, um, it creates bleeding, it creates sensitivity in your gums, in your teeth. And unfortunately it can make pregnant women more susceptible to gum disease in general. And we don’t, we definitely wanna avoid gum disease because it’s been linked to an increased risk of premature birth and low weight birth or low, um, birth weight in babies. So oral health is particularly preg, uh, important when we are carrying life when we are pregnant.
Also, let’s talk about the brain and Alzheimer’s disease. There’s research from the National Institute on Aging, finding that bacteria that causes gum disease has also been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease suggesting a link. So this is also neurological disorders are also top of mind for many of us. Many of us have relatives or friends or friends of friends or relatives of friends or whatever it is that have some sort of,
You know, um, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. I mean when this goes on and on, we wanna do all that we can, of course, to help prevent these disorders. So another thing that we can add to that mix is to take care of our gums and our teeth. So there you have it to review. Oral health and hygiene has been correlated me to in research and public research, to the health of the heart, to the health of the lungs and respiratory health. And it has been linked to diabetes and it has also been linked to pregnant potential pregnancy complications as well as Alzheimer’s disease. So there’s a lot of motivation there to make sure we are maintaining our oral health and wellness. So let’s switch to the empowering part of our podcast, which is what we can do. So the first thing is research, again out of the National Journal of Medicine, showing how important food is for your oral health.
How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health: Food and how it boosts your body
So we’re not just gonna go straight to clean it, we’re gonna go to food and how what we eat and consume in our food. Cornerstone really helps to boost this part of our body. Cornerstone, crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots, naturally clean the teeth and gums and helped to remove plaque and bacteria. This was a study published in the Journal of Dental Research that really did promote eating these crunchy vegetables and fruits and of course, crunchy raw fruits and vegetables, have the vitamins and minerals and antioxidants and fiber, and they’re just incredible for our health. All around also leafy greens, a huge basis of our lifestyle here with a glowing green smoothie found. This is from the British Dental Journal, found in a 2018 study that consuming dark leafy greens helped to prevent gum disease. They help to strengthen tooth enamel because of the vitamin C and calcium found in these greens like spinach and kale, wonderful for oral health.
And now in the 2015 study found in the Journal of Clinical Perio Dermatology, a very long word found that nuts and seeds also improve gum health by reducing inflammation in the gums, which also improved overall oral health, again, it’s like it’s good for the whole, is good, um, for the micro, as is the micro, as is the macro, the saying in Aveda. So the seeds and the nuts, we love chia seeds in our community. We love flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds. We love all the nuts, almonds and cashews and walnuts and so on. It’s great for the body. It’s great for protein as a protein source. It’s great for healthy fats and it’s also great for reducing the probability of gum disease. So again, it’s all interrelated. Another great food to talk about, uh, uh, liquid here in this case is green tea.
This is from the Journal of Per Dermatology. Once again, from 2016, a study found that the catechins and green tea helped to reduce inflammation in the gums and improve overall oral health. So I love green tea, remember that it does have some caffeine, so you wanna consume it in the morning and we’ll link to some show notes if you’re interested. They talk about caffeine, curfews, and sleep hygiene, uh, particularly with Dr. Michael Bruce. But everybody has a different, um, caffeine curfew, so to speak. Mine is definitely around 12 o’clock or one o’clock. Some people can go up to three o’clock. Some people can even have caffeine at dinner and be fine. Some people it’s more like 9:00 AM but green tea is beneficial, but just be mindful of when you are consuming it if you are sensitive to caffeine.
How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health: Hydration
And lastly, good old water. Water is important for keeping our body hydrated and our mouth hydrated and it can wash away food particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. So another reason that hydration is so important, and if you’ve noticed that people that don’t drink a lot of water, people that aren’t really hydrated tend to have really bad breath osis <laugh>. So there’s this buildup of bacteria, and of course some of it’s coming from deeper down the GI tract of lotting food, eating in excess of animal protein, for instance. And it’s literally coming up and out with more dense, difficult to digest foods. And it’s also coming, you know, from the oral cavity itself. So hydration is a huge, huge part of the health puzzle in general. And also oral health. So besides eating these wonderful foods, you know, definitely recommend brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing daily to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth. I know you’ve heard this from your dentist before. Limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks like sodas and coffee, not swishing it around in your mouth.
So we get a lot of questions about, can I have this hot water with lemon that you are recommending all the time? So my take on it is to make sure that you brush your teeth before you drink your hot water with lemon, not afterwards. So you’re not rubbing the lemon juice that could still be in your mouth across your teeth, which would weaken the enamel. And also when I sip my hot water with lemon, I try not to rub it across my teeth. I try to sip it straight down my tongue into my throat, and again, always after I brush my teeth, you do that first. You go die in your kitchen, you get up the water, you pour, you squeeze in the lemon. Makes sense. We do it in this order.
How Your Oral Care and Health Affects Your Whole Body’s Health: Visit your dentist regularly
And lastly, you wanna see that, uh, you wanna see your dentist regularly because regular dental checkups and cleanings are really important to just keep things maintained and balanced and to make sure to prevent oral health problems later on, right?
It’s all about maintenance, continual cleanings, and then that just helps them scrape off the plaque and so on. So it’s just, you know, similarly to how you, um, may regularly trim your hair, right? There’s certain things that we just need to do. And so it’s easy sometimes to forget to make those appointments, but it’s really, really important. So remember, we’ll, we’ll sum this up again, some of the best foods to consume for oral health include crunchy fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, seeds and nuts, green tea water for overall hydration. And then make sure you’re brushing and flossing every day and you’re limiting sugary acidic foods and drinks and seeing your dentist regularly. The great news about all of this is that it’s doable. We just have to take those small, simple steps and food day regularly and consistently, and that the foods that we’re talking about here are foods that are also great from your overall health, and they’re easily incorporated into our diet.
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