Patients who prioritize health and wellness should be paying extra attention to their teeth and gums. Your oral health is a critical component of your overall well-being.
Oral diseases, such as gum disease, appear to have links to a number of systemic issues like heart disease and diabetes. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, it appears that the culprit is the inflammation that is associated with these and other diseases found in the body.
Poor oral health can also compromise a patient’s ability to eat a nutritious diet, which also can have negative effects on your body’s health. If you’re not able to eat all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you need, your body won’t perform at optimal levels.
Therefore, routine visits with your dentist aren’t just an investment in a beautiful smile. They’ll also protect your health.
Your dentist thoroughly examines your gums and teeth at each visit, looking for possible signs of trouble. When these oral diseases are identified in their earliest stages, they have limited opportunity to do extensive damage, either to the teeth and gums or elsewhere in the body.
Furthermore, the professional cleanings provided at these routine appointments help to clear away any bacteria that linger in plaque and tartar that accumulates despite the patient’s best efforts to minimize those substances. Cleaner teeth are healthier teeth, and less bacteria correlates with a lower risk of gum disease.
Patients still need to be conscientious about their brushing and flossing and the rest of their home oral hygiene routines in addition to visiting the dentist regularly. If you’re not brushing and flossing as directed, semiannual checkups may not be enough to keep oral diseases in check.
Routine professional dental care, in combination with good oral hygiene at home, can go a long way to promoting good health in general in addition to a healthy smile. At your next visit, ask if there’s anything else you can be doing to protect your oral health.