While maintaining an attractive smile is certainly a good motivation for sticking to your daily dental hygiene regimen and a schedule of semiannual checkups and professional cleanings, your entire body actually benefits when you take good care of your teeth and gums. A healthy mouth truly is the gateway to a healthy body.
A number of systemic health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, appear to have some relationship with poor oral health, although the exact mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains unclear. It may have something to do with the inflammation that is present in many diseases, including gum disease.
Poor oral health also seems to correlate with a number of pregnancy-related problems, such as pre-eclampsia and premature birth or low birth weight. Don’t abandon your dentist when you get pregnant, although you do have to be more careful about the timing of your care.
…when you visit your dentist every six months and get cleanings from the hygienist, you may also be taking steps to reduce your risk of other conditions.
So, when you visit your dentist every six months and get cleanings from the hygienist, you may also be taking steps to reduce your risk of other conditions. When oral diseases are diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages, the potential damage throughout the rest of the body may be limited.
Regular dental visits may also result in the early detection of oral cancer, which is quite treatable when it is localized but associated with a poorer prognosis after the condition has spread elsewhere in the body.
Dentists can provide counseling on other health-preserving topics, such as smoking cessation, which also will benefit oral health and overall well-being.
Rest assured that all of that daily brushing and flossing and the trips to your dentist’s office aren’t just helping you keep your smile in tip-top shape. They’re giving the rest of your body a boost, too. Ask a member of our team about your oral hygiene routine to see if there are any additional steps you can take to keep your smile and your body healthy. Contact Newton Dental Group at 604-591-2247 today to schedule your next visit.