Absolutely! Unfortunately, with the cost of dental care and/or dental insurance, many seem to neglect this area of health care. Sadly, most people tend to visit their dentist only when there appears to be an urgent need. Tooth pain has a way of transforming the most reluctant into willing, even submissively grateful, patients. So much better it is to tolerate the occasional inconvenience and discomfort of care and maintenance, instead of the enduring the pain and costly work of repair and replacement.
Little do we understand the importance of taking care of our mouth and teeth, right from the beginning of childhood. Our oral health provides insight into our overall health and problems in our mouth can have affect on the rest of our body. Research is beginning to enlighten this connection with studies suggesting that oral bacteria and inflammation may play a role in some diseases.
Conversely, certain diseases can lower the body’s resistance to infection make oral health problems more severe. For instance, your heart can be adversely affected from oral bacteria and gum disease affects premature births and birth rates. Diabetes and HIV/AIDS can cause mouth sores and infections. Osteoporosis can cause periodontal bone loss and tooth loss. Tooth loss before the age of 35 has been linked to Alzheimer’s and other immune system disorders have been linked to poor oral hygiene.
Protect your health oral by brushing your teeth at least twice per day, floss daily, eat healthy and limit sugary snacks, replace your toothbrush every three to four months, and keep regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups. Contact your dentist at the earliest sign of any oral problems. Make investing in your oral health a priority, as it is an investment in your overall health.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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