Over the last several years, research has shown that there is a correlation between orthodontic treatment and whole body health. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, scientists have discovered that people with gum disease are more likely to develop heart disease or suffer blood sugar irregularity than people without gum disease. While researchers continue to find relationships between oral health and whole body health, it has not yet been determined if gum disease is the sole cause of these conditions. However, it is safe to say that good oral health isn’t just about having a healthy smile, but it has an impact on one’s overall health.
Make Healthy Gums a Priority!
The connection between oral health and whole body health is too obvious to ignore. Although we do not yet have definitive proof, researchers do not think it is only a coincidence when gum disease and other health problems occur simultaneously.
4 possible connections between your mouth and body:
- Excessive oral inflammation has been linked to a greater occurrence of clogged arteries.
- According to the American Society of Microbiology, certain types of oral bacteria can infect the arterial cells and weaken the wall of the heart.
- Loose teeth may often be a warning sign for osteoporosis, a disease that decreases bone density.
- Some studies suggest women with gum disease are more likely to deliver preterm, low-weight babies.
Orthodontics and gum disease
So by now you’re probably asking what orthodontic treatment has to do with gum disease. Braces do so much more than give you a beautiful smile. Simply put, straight teeth are easier to keep clean than crooked teeth. Your toothbrush is able to remove more plaque-causing bacteria, and your floss can more efficiently eliminate tiny particles between your teeth.
Despite certainty in these findings, the message is clear: If you improve your oral health, you will also have a greater chance of maintaining whole body health. And that’s a chance our team believes is worth taking. For more information about this topic, please give us a call at our office, or ask our orthodontist during your next visit!
Most of our patients are excited to get braces because they know that a beautiful smile awaits. But we certainly understand the anticipation that comes with waiting to get them off. Depending on your individual circumstances, treatment may take up to two years or more, and we know that time can seem infinite. Having a system in place for counting down the days (or minutes!) will help you keep your eye on the prize. Just know the day WILL come, and we’re with you every step of the way.
Countdown with a Wall Calendar
We’ve all had those projects where we cross out each day before something is due. You can use your appointments as mini timelines to help push through to the final due date. Have an eye for design? Create a calendar that’s an original work of art to keep it fun. And don’t forget your options of going digital. Upload photos or designs you see online for each month. Keep it interesting, so you keep SMILING!
It’s true. Wearing braces and getting the most out of your treatment requires some discipline. Giving yourself regular rewards each month will help to keep you motivated. Brainstorm with your parents ways to reward yourself! Everyone loves an excuse to shop, and we think this is a great one!
Make a Paper Link Chain
We love when our patients get creative, and here’s another opportunity. Using strips of paper to make a chain, add a new link each week during treatment. Write a reason why you want straighter teeth on each link, or quotes from your favorite author, favorite song lyrics, or write whatever inspires you day to day. You can even think of it as a journal, which you’ll treasure once treatment is a distant memory!
A project is always better if you have a buddy. Find a friend who is getting braces around the same time as you (trust us, that won’t be difficult), and as time passes, share your experiences. Make a pact to celebrate milestones, and take some time to celebrate with news of your improved smile. It will make the journey a lot more fun!
Dance ‘til You Deband
Get a large art pad of white paper. You can find various page quantities, so choose the quantity of how many days you want the countdown to be. Flip to the last page and write a huge “0.” Then on the next-to-last page, write a huge “1.” Repeat this until you get to the first page, which will help you keep track of the last days of your treatment. Decorate however you’d like! Get out your glue gun and go nuts. Use your favorite colors and design away. Now you’ll have a fun reminder of how the number of days is dwindling.
The bottom line is that we want to help make your course of orthodontic treatment FUN! And that may require our patients to have patience. Call our office today to discuss how we may help you begin your journey in achieving your ideal SMILE!