Taking good care of your teeth and mouth prevents you from having dental problems that can lead to more complicated and costly procedures down the road. By brushing and flossing every day and keeping up with routine dental checkups, you will keep damaging bacteria from ravaging your teeth and gums. Left unchecked, plaque and bacteria will attack your teeth and gums causing tooth decay and gum disease. It seems like such an easy task to prevent dental problems, but many people struggle to establish and keep good habits. When you consider the benefits of preventive care over the hassle and cost of repairing the damage, the answer is clear! Preventive dentistry is the key to great oral health.
HOW DOES ORAL HEALTH AFFECT MY OVERALL HEALTH?
Believe it or not, your oral health can affect your life, your well-being, and even the length of your life span. It is easy to think that oral health has nothing to do with the rest of your body, but it is very much related. Not only can oral conditions serve as symptoms of disease in the rest of your body, but oral problems can lead to issues that affect your overall health. Dentists see an “oral-systemic” connection.
Some examples of the connection between oral and systemic conditions include:
People who keep their natural teeth live about ten years longer than those who do not.
There is a connection between inflammation of the gums and heart problems.
Diabetes has some oral symptoms and some oral problems can raise blood sugar.
It is so important to recognize that your mouth is a part of your body that needs care and regular checkups with your dentist, just like you need to see your physician. Preventive care, early detection of disease, and maintaining health are important for your whole body, including your mouth.
WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE THE LOOK OF MY SMILE?
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The first step to a beautiful smile is having a healthy smile by brushing, flossing, and having regular dental visits. If you take great care of your teeth, and there are still imperfections that bother you, there are many cosmetic and restorative options. For a brighter smile, we offer teeth whitening and bleaching. If your teeth have minor alignment issues, Invisalign short-term orthodontics can discreetly straighten your teeth. Do you have missing teeth? Bridges, dentures, and restored implants can transform your smile. Cosmetic crowns can completely cover broken or discolored teeth. There are many ways we can help you get stunning teeth that will have you smiling with confidence!
If you have any other questions for Dr. Locker and our staff, please use our online form, or call 814-693-6777. We are happy to help!