Importance of Oral HealthToday, many Americans are able to take care of their oral health like never before. Dentists are more accessible which enables us to keep our oral health in top condition. However, one common ideology is that people only need to visit the dentist when they are having a problem, are in pain or for a checkup.
This is not true, and you can be hurting your overall health by not visiting the dentist more often. A dentist typically focuses on oral health, but did you know that many other physical conditions can be diagnosed just from examining one’s oral health. That is why oral health is vital to physical health.
Not taking care of the mouth can lead to other health problems down the road such as diabetes, leukemia, oral cancers, heart disease and even kidney disease. A regular visit to the dentist can do more than fight cavities.
Dentists do much more than fight cavities and give you braces.
Research suggests that the mouth mirrors the rest of the body when it comes to health. When the mouth is healthy, you are protecting the rest of the body. There is a relationship between gum disease and health complications such as stroke and heart disease.
Tooth decay is also a sign of poor diet and can cause other decay in the body. Abscessed teeth and infected gums can lead to blood infections and sepsis. Poor oral health can cause oral and facial pain as well as problems with the heart and other major organs.
So what can you do to stay on top of your oral hygiene?
Visit the dentist regularly and keep your mouth in tip-top shape by brushing and flossing up to 3 times per day. Don’t forget to avoid bad habits like smoking, drinking soda, and excess sugar!
This post was written by Max, a marketing assistant for Southern Dental, an office specializing in family dentistry located in Marrero, Louisiana.