As I’ve said before, oral health is a window into your overall health.
That’s because it can lead to significant changes to your well-being over the years.
In fact, research links a lack of dental hygiene to more than 120 serious diseases and conditions, like Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.
Sadly, many stopped making it a priority during the pandemic.
And a recent study reveals that may STILL be the case, as a whopping 25 percent of people feel embarrassed to show what’s lurking behind their smile.
Stop ignoring your teeth and gums
A major oral health study, which looked at brushing habits and overall knowledge about oral health, revealed some startling statistics…
- 41 percent brush for less than one minute daily
- 18 percent skimp on their routine when they’re running late
- 37 percent forget about a before-bedtime brushing
So, I guess it’s not surprising that over 20 percent admitted to never showing their teeth when they smile.
Now, it’s no secret that a lack of dental hygiene can lead to plaque build-up and tooth decay. But periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a huge concern, too.
As I reveal in the current issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“’Gateway’ health problem leads to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, even CANCER?!”), gum disease can drastically increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), deadly blood clots, and MORE.
Meaning it’s high time to put oral health at the TOP of your priority list.
Brush, floss, gargle, see a dentist, REPEAT
This study also revealed what we all know…
That many people avoid the dentist for various reasons.
Some reported dental anxiety, a fear of dental work, or simply not being registered—or taking the time to register—with a local dental office.
But let me reiterate a very clear point…
Prevention is far cheaper, and much less anxiety-inducing, than filling a cavity or dealing with chronic disease.
So, schedule a routine dental check-up—and go every six months.
Additionally, make sure to:
- Brush your teeth three times daily
- Floss regularly (and especially after meals)
- Gargle with a probiotic mouthwash
For more details about why oral health is so crucial to overall good health—and what to do if you’re someone who lives in a so-called “dental desert”—be sure to check out the current issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter.
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“1 in 4 hate their own smile because of their poor brushing habits.” StudyFinds, 06/15/2023. (studyfinds.org/hate-their-own-smile-brushing/)