We all know how much our smile affects our self-image and self-esteem. And even though there are ways to boost your confidence and smile, understand that more serious issues may result from poor oral hygiene.
In fact, your oral health is more important than you may even understand or realize. Here are some ways your teeth affect your body and health:
- Although mostly harmless, your mouth is full of bacteria, which we normally keep under control with daily flossing and brushing. When we don’t maintain good oral hygiene, we run the risk of reaching levels that might lead to oral infections.
- Since our internal body may not be self-cleaning as much as thought, research now shows that chronic dental infections can be a source of inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke and many other related diseases. (Dr. Thomas Connelly)
- Sticky plaque can lead to gum disease and gingivitis and ultimately severe periodontal disease, which has been linked to diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and even premature birth.
So, my advice? Make oral health a priority in your life. Do what you can at home with proper dental maintenance and definitely see your dentist regularly so he or she can help evaluate your dental state and make any necessary correction recommendations so you stay healthy overall.
In the event you need to consider restorative care, including tooth replacements, dental teeth implants, root canals, dental crowns and bridges, don’t be alarmed. It isn’t as scary as you may think. Our dental staff will educate you on necessary procedures and minimize pain during your treatment. And, our practice offers wonderful patient amenities to help you relax.
If you have are missing teeth, have misshaped teeth, experience dental pain, have gum disease, contact me to restore your dental health and leave you with a comfortable and approachable smile.