Our most important human organ is the GI (Gastrointestinal) tract. The GI tract is a tube measuring an average length of thirty feet, beginning with the mouth and ending at the anus. It's responsible for the breakdown and absorption of various foods and liquids needed to sustain life. We've all heard the saying, "My body is my temple." In our temple, the GI tract represents its main hallway. Let's consider the mouth our front door, and the anus our back door.
We are what we eat. But more importantly, we are what we absorb. Proper mechanical and chemical break down of our food and drink intake begins in our mouth. The absence of teeth decreases your ability to process the most nutrious foods in our diet; fresh uncooked fruits and vegetables. Sometimes we invite the most unruly guests into our temples. They can make a real mess of our place, and we struggle to get rid of them. What better "gate keepers" are there than a full set of healthy teeth; covered with the hardest substance in the human body, enamel! Infections and disease that threatens this front line crew of enamel covered soldiers, like gum disease and decay, threatens the entire temple. A nonfunctioning or poorly functioning GI tract can be the source of many chronic health issues, like heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Never take bleeding gums lightly. Bleeding gums are caused by infection, which leads to chronic inflammation. Remember, the blood you see while brushing and flossing is the same blood that carries inflammation from the mouth, through our blood vessels, and to all of our vital fleshy organs. This chronic inflammation leads to the clogging of arteries and other chronic diseases. This constitutes a direct assault on our health and well- being.
Your body IS your temple, and your mouth is its grand entrance. A healthy smile IS a beautiful smile. Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Preventive and comprehensive dental care is your first line of defense.
Dr. Karen Mills
(770) 499-7756 | 123 Marble Mill Road, Suite A, Marietta, Georgia 30060
Dr. Karen Mills practices general and cosmetic dentistry since 1992. She is a 1987 graduate of Howard University's College of Dentistry.