The easy answer is that our mouths are incredibly important! They are step one in our ability to survive — enabling us to eat, drink, and breathe — and help form the foundation of expression and communication, allowing us to sing, say “hello”, smile, laugh, and cry.
We tend to view oral health as an accessory rather than as a critical component to our overall health. Cavities and gum disease are seen as inevitable annoyances instead of the damaging infections they are.
New evidence linking our oral and general health is showing us thatyou cannot be “healthy” without oral health. Our body is a delicate series of ecosystems working together and influencing one another. Any part that isn’t performing well can negatively affect the entire system.
Many systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning that our oral health (or lack thereof) can serve as an early warning sign for more serious issues. Our mouths are a primary entry point for our bodies, serving as the first line of defense against pathogens or, in cases of poor oral health, “opening the gates” for serious infections and other conditions.
We’ve made incredible strides in improving general health over the last decade. The rapid adoption and implementation of new technologies enable remote monitoring of symptoms, early detection of disease, virtual care delivery, and new generations of therapeutics. We’re racing to tackle some of the biggest problems in care while forgetting the one (literally) right beneath our nose.
The tools exist. The problem is solvable. The patients are waiting.
Bristle is here.
Stay tuned in for updates on new discoveries and future product