Wondering how to boost your immune system? One of the best ways to make sure your immune system is at its best is to take proper care of your teeth. An unhealthy mouth leads to more strain on your immune system, while caring for your mouth properly will help boost its performance. Learn more below in this blog from Buckwalter Dental Care.
It’s actually quite simple. Your immune system has a limited number of immune cells that can be used to fight back against infections from viruses and bacteria. When these resources are stretched too thinly, your immune system will become less effective and you may be more prone to getting sick.
Poor oral health can be a major contributing factor to this. Your mouth is full of billions of bacteria. If left unchecked, they will eat food particles, excrete acid that decays your teeth, and attempt to infect your gums.
When the bacteria in your mouth attempt to infect the gums, they will become swollen and inflamed as immune cells rush to fight back. Over time, this condition can worsen into gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
If your immune cells have to fight back against bacteria in your mouth, that means there are less of them to handle other health issues and fight back against other viruses and bacteria throughout your body, leading to a weaker overall immune response.
So, improper oral hygiene can weaken your immune system. How can you boost it? Take these simple steps to maintain your oral health.
If you follow these simple steps, your teeth and gums will stay strong and healthy, and your immune system will not have to work as hard to keep them that way, resulting in a stronger overall immune response.
We highly recommend that you implement the above tips to keep your mouth healthy. And if you are overdue for a teeth cleaning in Bluffton, Dr. Darrah is here to help. At Buckwalter Dental Care, we’re always accepting new patients. Contact us online or give us a call at (843) 815-3232 to make your appointment, and get the preventive care you need for better oral health.