Metabolism is the biological process responsible for converting food into energy. The rate at which this essential function works depends on various factors, such as your age and diet. But can your oral hygiene routine also affect it? Read on to learn about the relationship between your metabolism and dental health!
What Is a Metabolic Rate?
The metabolic rate is the frequency or speed at which you convert food into energy. This can be impacted by metabolic syndrome—a group of risk factors that increase the chances of serious health issues like diabetes and heart disease. Some of these aspects include excess body fat and high blood pressure. There are around 3 million cases of this every year in the U.S., and The National Institutes of Health has predicted it to eventually become a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
The Relationship Between Oral Hygiene & Metabolism
Other than dietary factors, oral hygiene is essential for preserving your smile as well as your metabolism. Without preventive dental care, you can be at risk of developing bacteria in the mouth. This can make you more vulnerable to inflammation and infection, both of which add to the chances of metabolic syndrome. For this reason, it’s crucial that you proactively clean your teeth and gums every day to minimize your risks.
How to Maintain Your Best Oral Health
There are plenty of methods to reduce your chances of metabolic syndrome, such as maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding/quitting tobacco use, and regular exercise. However, you might also consider maintaining good oral health by incorporating the following practices:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day (or after each meal).
- Floss at least once daily and rinse with mouthwash regularly.
- Moderate how frequently you consume sugary foods and drinks.
- Keep away from poor oral habits, like chewing on ice.
- Schedule a visit with your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
Now that you know how your oral hygiene affects your metabolism, you can feel more confident in preserving your dental and overall health when cleaning your teeth. And if you have any further questions on how to care for your smile, feel free to consult your dentist!
About the Author
Dr. John H. Upton studied at the Baylor College of Dentistry and has pursued countless hours of continuing education to expand his expertise. He’s also a proud affiliate of several prestigious organizations such as the American and Arizona Dental Associations. He offers a vast selection of high-quality and comprehensive treatments, including checkups and cleanings to help you maintain your best dental health. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call 623-878-6333.