Keep a Healthy Mouth for a Healthy Body
By Marissa Hicken |
It’s not news that oral health is tied with other health issues in the body. But for the first time, researchers have found a connection between gum disease and psoriasis. A new study from Taiwan discovered that people with chronic periodontitis (gum disease) seemed more likely to develop the skin condition. Psoriasis has also been linked to other health problems; a study earlier this year found a link between psoriasis and coronary heart disease. More research is necessary but the data may challenge some theories about the etiology of psoriasis.
One thing is certain: Taking care of your teeth is essential. Periodontal disease occurs when the tissues that protect and stabilize your teeth become infected. You’ve heard them before, but make sure you’re practicing these super simple steps to prevent periodontal disease and keep your smile sparkling:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth. Or use a device such as a special brush or wooden or plastic pick recommended by a dental professional.
- Visit the dentist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning.
- Don’t smoke.