Your body is a machine.
If you want to make the most out of it, then you need to make sure that all parts are taken care of. That is why a healthy body equals a healthy mouth and vice-versa.
Can my dentist help diagnose any health problems?
You might not realize it, but your overall health can have a serious impact on your teeth. That is why your dentist may ask for information about things that may seem irrelevant to your oral health:
- Medical conditions, including headaches and breathing difficulties
- Sleep habits
- Back pain
The childhood song “the leg bone is connected to the knee bone” rings true, especially when it comes to keeping you healthy. When you come to the office for an appointment, our team of skilled professionals will do everything in our power to make sure that you are healthy, even if it is outside of our area of experience. We refer patients to chiropractors, suggest consultations with ENTs (ear, nose, and throat doctors), send patients with high blood pressure to their doctors for more evaluation, and recommend sleep studies so that sleep apnea can be diagnosed.
While none of these things have a direct impact on your teeth, they affect how you feel. Your dentist should want you to be as healthy as possible.
How are healthy foods affecting my health?
The so-called “healthy foods” that you’ve been eating may be causing more harm than good.
Some fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein sources can trigger immune responses in our bodies, and contribute to diseases.
Leaky gut syndrome is one of them, and it is something that medical doctors are working hard to define. To put it simply, the lining in your digestive system acts as a barrier between your food and bloodstream. With leaky gut syndrome, the barrier becomes damaged, allowing substances to leak into your bloodstream.
When this happens, the substances can trigger your immune system to react, causing inflammation in various parts of your body that can lead to a variety of symptoms:
- Bloating and weight gain
- Achy joints
When your digestive system is under attack, other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, eczema, and asthma can be worsened.
How does leaky gut syndrome happen?
Your diet, stress levels, medications, and bacterial imbalance play important roles. If your diet consists of processed foods and meals high in refined sugar, you are putting yourself at risk. The same goes for excessive use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and antibiotics, which can damage the lining of your stomach, making it more permeable.
Do healthy foods cause other health issues?
You’ve been told all of your life that too much of anything is bad for you. That’s true even for healthy food. If you want to achieve the best health, it is important to eat a well-rounded diet. Doing so can make you feel healthier, less tired, and have better/more consistent digestion. If you’re looking to lose weight, finding a way to enjoy a well-rounded diet is key. In addition to all of the other benefits, cutting back on overly acidic foods and those high in refined sugars is an excellent way to improve your oral health because it’s one less thing eating away at your enamel.
If you want to learn more about how the foods you eat can damage your teeth, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens today.