It is beyond important to have a healthy body. However, many people don’t heed the advice of trained professionals or listen to their own bodies on what it’s 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? The fact that a well-cared-for mouth can not only prevent gum disease, but also contribute to a healthier body overall, is something to definitely take note of.
So the question is: When should you begin taking care of your mouth? Though the answer is quite obvious, people still choose to only focus on their oral hygiene once they experience pain. The flip-side is when we think about the onset of disease, we naturally consider treatment options or lifestyle choices that can help reverse the negative ailment. And though 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 fatal diseases, the damage to bone and tissues in your mouth from gum disease cannot be undone—only maintained. This is due to the widespread and rather destructive impact that the periodontitis has on the bones and tissues holding in place one’s teeth; the bone and the gums simply cannot grow back. And once the damage is done, it is there to stay. Therefore, preventing oral disease is crucial.
Vital Habits to Adopt To Keep Oral Health in Check
The damage associated with oral disease isn’t secluded only 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 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 once per day. This is vital to maintain healthy gums.And whether you feel it or not, by taking care of your teeth you’re helping your body be protected from other menacing diseases.
Dr. Albers Believes in You!
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. Nationally awarded dentist, Dr. Albers, and his team in Santa Rosa, CA 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 back on track!