How Dental Health affects your overall health

Maintain Optimal Health

The Body-Mouth connection

Your dental health and your overall health are deeply connected. This is true of many different dental conditions, but particularly of issues that are related to your airway, such as sleep apnea, mouth breathing, and other airway-related negative oral health habits.

The health of your airway is important for your overall health and well-being, and if you’re experiencing an issue like sleep apnea, you may need help from Dr. Todd Pizzi at Del Mar Dental Studio. Learn more about airway health below, and see why it’s so important to ensure that you breathe properly, and get the help you need from an expert airway dentist like Dr. Pizzi.

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Benefits of a Healthy airway

The importance of a healthy mouth

  • Enhanced infection resistance – As mentioned, NO gas helps filter and destroy infections. Your nose is also full of cilia which help capture airborne debris and particles, which can further boost infection resistance. Proper functional breathing through the nose results in better overall well-being.
  • Avoid dry mouth (xerostomia) – Mouth breathing dries out your mouth, leading to stickier saliva that’s reduced in volume. In turn, this makes it more difficult to rinse away bacteria and food particles, which can lead to a higher risk of gum disease and cavities.
  • Increases oxygen uptake – Because nose breathing adds more resistance to the air stream, this strengthens the lungs and enhances oxygen intake.
  • Warms & adds moisture to air – Breathing through the nose keeps your airway and lungs moist. This keeps the airway from drying out and causing you discomfort, a sore throat, or a “scratchy” or hoarse voice.

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Ensure your airway is healthy

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you consistently breathe through your mouth, or you have any other airway-related concerns, Dr. Todd Pizzi is here to help you get the care you need. Contact Del Mar Dental Studio online or give us a call at (858) 755-0187 to get started right away.

Proper Oral Hygiene At Home

Our Product Recommendations

Mouth rinses that contain alcohol or those that are too acidic (below pH 7) should be avoided. Acidic mouth rinses can damage enamel and allow bacteria to flourish. We recommend these products to ensure that your mouth is a healthy environment for your teeth and gums:

PerioBrite Nature’s Answer - All Natural

CTx3 Maintenance Rinse -
pH 8.33

PerioScience AO ProRinse -Antioxidant
pH 7.75

Advice from a Dentist

Our Toothpaste Recommendations

If a toothpaste is labeled “whitening”, chances are that it is probably very abrasive and lead to damage at your gum line. All of our recommended toothpastes have low abrasiveness. It’s also important to find a toothpaste with fluoride because this is very effective at preventing decay.

Spry with Xylitol


Sensodyne Pronamel Daily Protection

Carifree CTx4 gel

Mints and gums


Spry Fresh Natural Xylitol Gum

CTx2 Xylitol Gum


Xylimelts for Dry Mouth

Don’t Brush Off Preventive Care!