Your Dental Health
Going to the dentist twice a year is the equivalent of getting your annual physical check-up. It’s an important preventive measure to ensure you stay healthy. Did you know that your dental health directly affects your overall wellbeing? Oral bacteria has been linked to respiratory issues and also been associated with strokes and premature births. Creating good health for your mouth contributes to good health for your entire body!
Oral cancer kills one victim every hour.
The death rate for oral cancer is high because it’s often diagnosed in late stages—when it’s more difficult to treat. More than half of patients who get oral cancer don’t survive past five years. The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer. Our dentists will give you an oral cancer screening during your regular dental health check-up. Early detection can save your life!
Gum disease harms your health.
If your gums bleed, then it’s an indication of gum disease. This serious dental condition can also manifest as swollen, reddened gums, loosened teeth, and plaque build-up. Gum disease affects more than 80% of American adults—and is the number one reason for adult tooth loss in the United States. In addition, gum disease has been linked to many illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, lung disease, and heart attacks.
Tooth decay leads to infections.
Not brushing and flossing, eating poorly, getting gum disease, and having weakened, old fillings are all factors that increase your chances of tooth decay. Cavities are formed by acidic bacteria that dissolve enamel. If decay isn’t found and treated, then the bacteria can contaminate the interior tissues of your tooth, causing a root canal infection.
Smiling affects your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Research has shown that smiling has an impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Studies have indicated that people who smile all the time and have a general sense of wellbeing live up to ten years longer. And smiling lifts your mood, lowers your blood pressure, decreases your stress, and ramps up your immune system. Having healthy, beautiful teeth will increase your smiling potential!
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