Certain things in life are easy to prioritize: paying bills on time, eating food, and staying hydrated are all at the top of most people’s list. However, there are other items of great importance that many people tend to neglect such as eating healthy, maintaining a budget, and visiting the dentist regularly. While not everyone would say that they like going to the dentist, everyone needs to. Making dental visits a priority can save your life.
The mouth is like a mirror that reflects the health of the entire body. Issues inside your mouth generally do not just “stay there;” they affect major organs and tissues, causing life-threatening complications when not caught early and given proper intervention. The following have been proven to have a direct link to poor oral health:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory infections
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
The mouth is home to millions of bacteria, some of which are extremely harmful. An infection in the mouth can easily travel throughout the body via the blood stream, leaving your overall health vulnerable to infection and disease.
Regular dental visits allow your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and examine your mouth. Your dentist is specially trained to identify issues and provide effective treatment. Your dentist is also specially trained to spot diseases that do not necessarily start inside the mouth. Dentists are often the first to identify patients with diabetes and cancer before patients have any warning signs that they have these diseases. That is because the mouth reflects your overall health.
At Meadowbrook Family Dental, we want to encourage you to make dental visits a priority. If you have any issues with your oral health, we want to help you catch them early so that you do not compromise your overall health. Our dental practice provides comprehensive and complete dentistry services for patients of all ages. Call today to schedule an appointment, and make the first step in promoting your health.
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental