Patients who take their oral health for granted may be putting their overall well-being in jeopardy. Indeed, the mouth is the gateway to the body, and many oral health concerns can have broader effects on other systems.
Regular Dental Care Is Necessary
As a result, avoiding treatment for dental issues can increase a person’s risk of or exacerbate other health problems.
For example, many oral diseases are caused by inflammation in the gum tissue. Such inflammation can wreak havoc elsewhere in the body. Some research has suggested links between c-reactive proteins, which are associated with inflammation, in gum disease and heart disease. There’s also a link between gum disease and other health concerns, like diabetes and pregnancy complications.
Visiting your dentist twice a year can help prevent gum disease from developing or keep it in check if it is present. Oral bacteria cause gum disease, and routine professional cleanings help to minimize the presence of this bacteria.
Brush & Floss Your Teeth Regularly
You have to do your “homework” after you leave the dentist, too. Brush twice a day for a sufficient amount of time—around two minutes—and with proper technique. Floss daily, as well, to keep plaque and tartar away from the gumline. If bacteria collect quickly in your mouth, you may want to add an anti-bacterial mouthwash to your routine, too.
Of course, a good oral hygiene routine helps to maintain a spectacular smile as an additional benefit.
Cancer is another health concern that can spread from the mouth to the rest of the body. Oral cancer is highly treatable when it is caught early, but unfortunately a very small percentage of those cases are diagnosed before the cancer spreads. This is another compelling reason to have semiannual checkups with your dentist. If there are any changes that may be malignant, your dentist can spot them early so that you can pursue the most effective treatment.
Keeping your mouth healthy will help you sport a healthy smile and a healthy body. Visit your dentist regularly, and keep up with your home oral hygiene to reduce your risk of developing gum disease, which may be linked to other systemic diseases.
To schedule your next professional exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Kelli Slate at 214-821-8639 today.