A great smile is one of the first things you notice about a person, and it’s one of the biggest reasons why people brush their teeth and go to the dentist on a regular basis. But white teeth shouldn’t be the only goal of dental hygiene—in fact, much more than just your oral health is at stake.
One of the most common cancers, oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or throat. It often doesn’t exhibit symptoms in its early stage, which makes regular dental exams crucial in its detection. It can be deadly, but according to Alpine Dental, oral cancer is very treatable when diagnosed and treated early.
Regular dental exams can help detect gingivitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the gums. In its early stages, gingivitis is treatable. If left untreated, it becomes periodontitis, which is irreversible and can lead to permanent tooth loss.
Tooth decay, or cavities, is related to eating a high-sugar diet and improper oral care. Untreated tooth decay can lead to dental crowns or teeth removal. Just like a visit to your medical doctor is important, regular visits to your dentist will help prevent and treat oral disease before too much damage is done.
It Impacts Your Overall Health
Your oral health tells a lot about the health of the rest of your body. According to Aspen Dental, there are a host of chronic diseases that are believed to be related to the health of your gums. Some studies have shown that cardiovascular disease can result from the bacteria on your gums making their way through your bloodstream and into the arteries of your heart.
These bacteria can cause hardening of the arteries and lead to an increased chance of stroke or heart attack. It is also believed that the bacteria are attributed to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you have diabetes, you are already more prone to gum disease, which may worsen your diabetic symptoms or make proper oral care difficult.
Impacts Your Unborn Baby
If you’re pregnant, proper oral hygiene is just as important as prenatal checkups. Studies have shown that gum disease during pregnancy can lead to premature births or low-weight babies. Low-weight babies are at a higher risk of developing physical health and cognitive problems. Gum disease in pregnant women is associated with an increased risk of cavities in the child. During pregnancy, women may develop mouth tumors. These are considered benign but you should have regular dental exams to monitor them.
Most oral diseases are preventable. By adopting a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, and adhering to a consistent and appropriate oral hygiene regimen, you will be able to enjoy better health your whole life.
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