Make Dental Visits a Priority
When it comes to taking care of your health, somethings are easier to do than others. You know your body needs sleep, but do you get enough sleep? You know your body needs food, but are you making healthy choices? You know you need to “take care of” your smile, but are you doing enough to protect your health? Brushing your teeth and flossing are extremely important, yet if you are one of the few who actually floss your teeth every day you are still not doing enough. Dental visits must be a priority in your schedule to protect much more than your smile.
The human body is a large, intricate machine that depends on all systems working properly in order to function and live a healthy life. Throughout the body is one single blood supply that takes oxygen-rich blood to and from all organs and limbs. Because of the single system, bacteria and infection can easily travel from one part of the body to another. An infection inside the mouth can pass into the blood stream through inflamed tissues, diseased gums, or decaying teeth and wreak havoc elsewhere. This is why the mouth is often referred to as a “mirror” of the body’s overall health. Many oral health issues pass into the blood stream and compromise the health of other vital organs. The following health conditions are well documented to be directly and negatively influenced by poor oral health:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory infection
- Kidney failure
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
Making dental visits a priority is essential because your dentist does much more than “just” clean your teeth. Dentists are well-trained to examine the entire mouth and identify troublesome concerns that affect the entire health. Dentists across America have spotted the first signs of diabetes and cancer before patients themselves have any indication that something is wrong. Regular dental visits can truly save your life.
At Springhurst Hills Dentistry, we encourage you to make dental visits a priority. We want to partner with you in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Call today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry
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