What’s better than a beautiful smile? It’s a healthy and great-looking smile! A healthy smile shows the world that you take pride in caring for yourself, but it can also be good for your entire well-being. That’s because your oral health is closely linked to the rest of your health, making preventive dental care important for much more than just the appearance of your smile. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of great oral health, and prevent dental problems from having a negative impact on the rest of your body, it’s time to really understand the importance of dental hygiene and regular dental checkups, as key parts of preventive care!
How Do Your Gums Affect Your Body?
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss across the world, but it’s also been directly linked to a host of medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. And though scientists are still studying the exact correlations between these issues, it’s clear that poor oral health can affect the rest of the body, and in many cases, poor overall health can affect the gums as well. Because gum disease is an autoimmune disease, it causes an inflammatory response that can be problematic for people already struggling with poor overall health or dealing with a chronic condition like diabetes.
To prevent poor oral health, it’s important to both brush and floss your teeth daily, limit sugar intake and drink plenty of water. Regular preventive checkups and cleanings are also crucial, as these appointments allow the dentist to clean any plaque buildup that has formed on your teeth’s surface, which in many cases can help to reverse the symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
In some cases, though, more extensive treatments may be necessary, like periodontal cleaning, to help restore oral health to the gum tissue, or a cavity to stop decay of a tooth that could lead to an infection.
About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:
At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!