October is National Hygiene Month: A time to focus on maintenance, nutrition, and re-balancing of the complex systems that make up our living organisms. Thanks to the hyped awareness of our need to “look at the big picture,” physicians everywhere are making efforts to bring comprehensive care to as many people as possible.
That’s where Dr. Bruno da Costa comes in! You’ve already met our hygienists; they don’t just scrape some tartar off your teeth, they take care of maintenance and optimizing of your sparkling smile, jaw position and gum state, among other things.
Oral hygiene is part of the systemic nature of the human body. For your whole body to be healthy, each “link” or system has to be in optimal shape.
Your mouth is the gateway to every other complex system in your body because all of them need nourishment to keep on running.
But what happens if that gateway is not functioning properly? Then every other system begins to slowly shut down due to the lack of nourishment. Suffering negative digestive, neurological, reproductive, energetic, and emotional consequences like a never-ending vicious cycle.
What Might Lead to Poor Oral Health?
Let’s say you’re unaware of an infection in your mouth, but have felt some odd symptoms, such as a bad taste in your mouth, or even worse, bleeding gums. If so, you could be at risk of serious conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Cancer (different types)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pregnancy complications (premature labor, low birth weight in babies)
- High Blood Pressure
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Difficulty becoming pregnant
Since humans are living organisms, if one system is unhealthy, we can expect chain reaction affecting all other systems.
Now Put your Knowledge to Good Use!
Use this FUN website for kids. All this science about organisms is boring for kids. Give their overall well-being a good start with the best hygiene habits possible. Go to this website: www.2min2x.org where kids can choose their own fun 2-minute video to watch while they brush. Brilliant, right?
Thank your hygienists. Bring them a cup of coffee next time for taking care of your body’s gateway. Or you can just simply say thanks!
Take care of yourself. If you’re long overdue for a checkup and cleaning, you should give us a call so we can restore luster to your smile and life to your body.
To start taking control of your dental hygiene Beaverton dentist, Dr. da Costa can help. Contact Harmony Dental at (503) 639-6900 if you have any concerns about your oral health.