Some things are easy to prioritize, while others are not. For instance, eating, sleeping, going to work, and paying bills on time are relatively easy priorities to keep. However, there are other things that you know you should prioritize, yet you do not always do so: eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, and keeping regular dental appointments. Taking care of yourself is the best way to ensure that you have a healthy life – and that includes taking proper care of your oral health.
Many people fail to realize the direct impact that their oral health has on the rest of their body. It is important to understand that if there are serious concerns or complications inside your mouth, they could have a direct impact on your overall health. Bacteria live inside the mouth in quantities of millions, with some bacteria being beneficial and others being incredibly harmful. Because the body has a single blood stream, bacteria, infection, and disease can easily travel throughout the entire body. Regular dental visits provide a proactive measure of promoting optimal health from your head to your toes.
Research has proven a direct link between poor oral health and the following health issues:
- Heart disease
- Diabetic complications
- Respiratory infections
- Autoimmune disease
- Kidney failure
- Pregnancy complications and loss
By making dental visits a priority, you are allowing your dentist to spot signs of concern early, provide early intervention, and prevent issues from spreading outside your mouth. You may not be aware of this, but dentists are often the first to identify signs of diabetes and cancer before patients are even aware of symptoms themselves.
At Westinghouse Dental, we strive to provide the most exceptional and comprehensive dental care for all patients. We encourage you to make dental visits a priority in order to achieve and maintain optimal health. By contacting us today to schedule an appointment, we will partner with you to attain a beautiful and healthy smile that benefits your entire life.