Many people do not realize that there is a direct correlation between oral health and overall health. For example, patients suffering from disease of the immune system may be more inclined to experience problems with gum disease. Gum disease is treatable; you may be referred to a periodontist to expedite whatever is recommended to save you from tooth loss.
This is just one example why you should never neglect your oral health … others include:
1. Oral Cancer – When you see your dentist regularly, your dental provider is looking for more than just the obvious like dental decay. Oral cancer detected early is very treatable. An exam of all soft oral tissues may identify a lesion that you have not noticed.
2. Dental Decay – Cavities can occur at all ages. Daily neglect coupled with a diet that includes soda and sugary snacks are a prescription for plaque formation and build-up. Plaque contains acids that eat away at dental enamel leading to possible decay.
3. Tooth Loss – You may lose a tooth due to some kind of trauma – that is usually not preventable. However, losing one or more teeth due to neglect is inexcusable. Gum disease can lead to bone deterioration; left untreated tooth loss can occur.
4. Cost – A small amount of your time daily to brush and floss and about one hour every six months for a dental cleaning and exam may save you a significant amount of time and money. Preventive care is always the better option than paying for extensive treatment to resolve gum disease or restore lost dentition.
5. Aesthetics – Everyone wants to look their best. Missing, broken, or stained teeth can seriously impact your day to day living. So in addition to having serious implications on your overall health, your appearance can be affected as well. This may impact your employment as well as personal relationships.
The steps you can take to maintain great oral health include daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste; flossing to remove what your toothbrush missed; monitoring your diet (your basic daily nutrition should come from fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and healthy grains); do not use tobacco in any form; drink lots of water (soda and alternative beverages should be reserved for special occasions); and finally see your dentist every six months for cleaning and exam. Call our team to schedule an appointment today.