There are some things in life that are easy to prioritize and other things that are not so easy. Eating is easy to prioritize, but eating healthy is not always a priority – right? There are many other choices that you know you should make, yet they are not always easy to follow through on. At Taylor Dental & Implant Center, we understand that your life is busy and your schedule is full, but we also understand that when you choose to not make dental visits a priority more than just your oral health is compromised.
Your general, overall health is deeply rooted in your oral health. In fact, in 2000, the US Surgeon General made the statement that the mouth is a “mirror” of health and disease in the body. Simply put, if your mouth is unhealthy, it is highly likely that the rest of your body is unhealthy as well. The following health concerns have been directly linked to poor oral health and neglect:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory infection
- Diabetic complications
- Autoimmune disease
- Kidney failure
- Pregnancy complications and loss
When you visit the dentist, your dentist does more than “just” clean your teeth – although this is very important. Cleaning the teeth involves removing bacteria-laden plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line to prevent or treat gum disease. Your dentist also thoroughly examines your mouth for any signs of illness. Dentists are well trained to spot warning signs of diabetes and cancer, both of which often first show their first symptoms inside the mouth. Many dentists have saved patients’ lives long before patients themselves had any indication that a serious medical condition was even present.
It is up to you to make dental visits a priority, and our practice is here to partner with you in your oral health. Infections, inflammation, and disease can easily travel throughout the body via the blood stream. An infection inside the mouth does not stay put. Treatment and intervention for even the smallest oral health concern can restore not only your smile, but also your entire health. Call for an appointment today.
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