You may not think of the dentist as all that important, but when you realize the health of your mouth can affect the rest of your body, or that your mouth can detect other health issues, then maybe you’ll understand the importance of dental visits. Not only that, but a healthy mouth and smile can go a long way in the confidence department.
When was the last time you went to the dentist, even for just a cleaning? Here are a couple things that may change your mind about those regular visits to the dentist and their importance.
You may not realize that things like gum disease, bad breath, and even loose or missing teeth can be signs that you have a health issues. You could be suffering from stomach problems, allergies, bone loss, or even heart disease, and your mouth could be telling you something is wrong.
Your dentist is the only person that can really get a good early detection of health problems that your mouth may be key to. Some are things that may even be missed in a regular doctor appointment. Plus, if you have poor dental health it could be affecting you in many ways as well.
Missing or failing teeth can make it difficult to eat, which can cause malnourishment or a vitamin deficiency, depending on what foods and nutrients you are missing out on. There are many options out there for fixing these problems, but it means regular doctor visits.
You may also not realize that gum disease can play a contributing factor in heart health and actually lead to heart disease. Bacteria in your gum can travel through your blood stream straight to, and through, your heart.
Your dental health isn’t just affecting your internal health, it can also affect you externally. If you aren’t happy with your smile it’s likely you don’t use it often, which can affect you at home and at work. People tend to shy away from those that don’t smile, thinking they have a bad attitude. They may not realize you are just afraid to smile.
Your smile, and your teeth, can really drag down confidence if you have missing or broken teeth, or even cavities. That is why your dental appointments are important. A smile is a mood lifter. It not only aids in personal happiness, but smiles are also contagious, so you should do all you can for your dental health in order to be able to share your smile with the rest of the world.
You should see your dentist once a year, at minimum. Get a regular cleaning and oral exam, and quickly deal with dental issues immediately rather than waiting until you lose a tooth or two.