Certain things pop up on everyone’s list of priorities: food, water, sleep, and paying bills on time. There are other things that are also quite important, yet many people never think to put them on a list of priorities: exercising regularly, leaving the stress of work at work, and keeping dental visits. All of these can benefit your entire life because your health hangs in the balance of your priorities.
The health of your mouth is a huge indicator of the health of your entire body. If you neglect your oral health by not brushing at least twice a day, by not flossing daily, by choosing to use tobacco, and/or by not making dental visits a priority you could face far more dire consequences than just an occasional cavity. The following severe medical conditions can be directly caused by improper oral health in many instances:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory infection
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
There is much more to your oral health than just having a pretty smile, and brushing and flossing are not enough. You need to partner with your dentist on a regular basis to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
At every dental visit, your dentist thoroughly examines your mouth for any signs of concern. As the gum tissues are living tissues, they can easily allow harmful bacteria to pass through them and enter the blood stream that travels throughout the rest of your body. Treatment and intervention for even small oral health concerns can restore your oral health and protect your overall health. Dentists across the United States are well known for catching the earliest signs of diabetes and cancer because these diseases often present themselves in the mouth first. Dentist have save many lives by identifying life-threatening disease long before patients have any symptoms.
At Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics, we want to partner with you and your family in your oral health. Please make dental visits a priority by calling and scheduling an appointment today.