You may not give much thought to your oral and digestive health. However, they are just as important as other aspects of your health. Whether you have had mouth and digestive problems before or simply wish to prevent them, these are the four most effective strategies for keeping this bodily system happy and healthy.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The most obvious way to maintain a healthy mouth is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth and floss every day. Use mouth rinses if you could use some extra help. Practicing good oral hygiene will help prevent tooth decay, tooth loss or even serious conditions such as infections developing in other parts of your body. Dental work is costly, so keeping your mouth healthy is also financially advantageous.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Many of the issues that appear in people’s mouths or digestive systems is a direct result of an unhealthy or unbalanced diet. A diet high in sugary drinks, for example, will not only make you gain weight but will also rot your teeth faster. Too little fiber or a diet high in fat can result in uncomfortable constipation. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which most people do not get enough of. Do not forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Go In for Your Regular Dental Cleanings

While practicing good oral hygiene at home is important, it is just as important to go in for your regular, twice-annual dental cleanings. Even though many people have strong fears of going to the dentist, it is important because regular deep cleanings will prevent problems from occurring later. Your dentist will also notice any problems that might have cropped up. This is an excellent time to ask any questions about the state of your oral health, if you have them.

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Exercise

You’ve heard it before, but the fact remains that regular exercise is critically important for keeping your digestive system and even your mouth in top health. Diabetics, for example, notoriously struggle with their oral health because blood sugar issues increase the risk of periodontal disease. Overweight people also may have issues because frequent mouth breathing will cause your mouth to dry out and bacteria to grow. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can prevent conditions such as diabetes from forming in the first place.

You should never neglect your oral or digestive health, and the two are highly intertwined. Follow these tips to lessen the likelihood of problems developing. Overall, you will feel much healthier and happier with yourself.


Rachelle recommends Plymouth Valley Dental Group for those interested in optimum oral health. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo by Cynthia De Luna on Unsplash

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