Q. How does inflammation relate to oral health?
"Inflammation comes from poor dietary choices, lack of adequate exercise, lack of adequate or quality sleep and excess weight. It also is exacerbated by poor oral hygiene. In health, we have a boosted immune system and are able to fight disease and viral infections better. Conversely, when unhealthy, we have inflammation in our bodies and it becomes difficult to fight off disease and viral infections, compounding health issues. Oral health care is a vital part of total body health and wellness. Healthy gums, teeth and mouth are the beginning of a healthy digestive system, cardiovascular system and reduces overall bacterial load in the body."
Q. How can people reduce inflammation and improve their oral health?
"When the body detects an intruder, whether an irritant like a bee sting or a pathogen like bacteria or viruses, the body launches a biological response to fight it. When our bodies are fighting chronic inflammation, the response to the new intruder can be weakened. Also, the body can mistakenly perceive its own cells or tissues to be harmful. Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the inflammation which contribute to a wide range of chronic diseases and also improve your oral health."
"With the restrictions and quarantine of Covid, I am concerned that clients are fearful or not accessing oral health care and a simple cleaning. It is essential to maintain visits at least twice a year to the dental hygienist and see your dentist for a thorough exam. At Summerwood Family Dental, we have HEPA-filtered and evacuation-vented treatment rooms to add clean, extra air flow and protection from all viruses."
Summerwood Family Dental
18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
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