It is important to have a healthy body. However, many people don’t heed the advice of trained professionals or listen to what their own bodies are telling them. There are the main diseases that affect the lungs, the brain, and the heart, but how about what’s going on with your oral health? A well-cared-for mouth will not only prevents gum disease — it also contributes to a healthier body overall. This is definitely something to take note of.
So the question is: When should you begin taking care of your mouth? Though the answer is obvious, many people still choose to only focus on their oral hygiene once they experience pain. When we think about the onset of other types of diseases however, we naturally consider treatment options or lifestyle choices that can help reverse the negative ailment.
Although this may work for ailments such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, treatment may not work for every part of your body. While lifestyle changes and medication can help reverse the effects of these potentially fatal diseases, the damage to bone and tissues in your mouth from gum disease need to be treated properly by your dentist..
The damage associated with oral disease isn’t secluded to the mouth. There are adverse effects of having oral inflammation that can negatively affect the rest of your body, particularly increasing the risk of heart diseases and various cancers of the lung, pancreas, and mouth and throat. Two of the most important preventative measures to adopt for your oral health include:
-Visiting your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year for cleanings, exams, and X-rays to find potential risks before they escalate into full-fledged problems.
-Proper maintenance, including brushing your teeth twice daily, and flossing between your teeth twice per day. This is vital to maintain healthy gums.
By taking care of your teeth you’re protecting your body from other menacing diseases.
In short, your entire body is affected by how well (or poorly) you treat parts of your body, and research has shown that the condition of your mouth has a widespread effect on the rest of your body’s functions.
Dr. Larson and his team in Prescott Valley, AZ are focused on helping you with prevention to ensure your overall dental health well-being and longevity. At the end of the day, remember one thing: Your oral health is important, so treat it as such. Contact our office today for a thorough evaluation, and let’s get your oral health on track.