What is the connection between your mouth and your general health? Why are daily brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning and dentist appointments so important? The mouth is a window into the health of the body. Signs of nutritional deficiencies can show up in the mouth. Some systemic diseases and infections present as problems in the mouth.
- Just we fuel our bodies by what we eat and drink, germs can also enter through the mouth and a certain amount of bacteria always lives in the cleanest and healthiest mouth. It makes sense that good dental habits are part of keeping germs under control and maintain a healthy mouth.
- Certain diseases and conditions can present oral symptoms. Seeing your dentist regularly can lead to early detection. Your dentist is trained to recognize oral symptoms of many diseases including some kinds of cancer, autoimmune diseases like lupus, heart disease, anemia, the association between diseased gums and osteoporosis, and more.
- Good brushing and flossing habits help reduce complications of some diseases. According to a report from the National Institute of Health (NIH), “People with diabetes are at a special risk for periodontal (gum) disease.” The report says that daily brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups are part of the “defense against oral complications of diabetes.”
Start with a smile
Your smile brightens the world around you and, at the same time, reveals the health of your gums and teeth.
- Daily dental care, including cleaning the tongue, removes the plaque that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay and loss.
- Regular dental visits promote healthy teeth by repairing cavities, broken teeth, discolored teeth, an irregular bite and more.
Everyone notices a great smile! Today’s dentistry allows for anyone to have a healthy mouth and great smile. Improved general health and looking great are the rewards for regular dental care.
Your dentist, Dr. Perry Patel, uses examinations, dental imaging and study models to analyze your oral health and needs. Dr. Patel applies all of today’s dental science and technology at his disposal to improve and maintain your oral health and help you keep that sparkling smile.
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