Your oral health is connected to the health of your entire body. From gum disease to heart disease, regular dental check-ups are what ensure that your mouth and gums, along with your entire body are safeguarded against infections and other ailments. Dentists can monitor and detect the onset of tooth decay and any problems with your gums while providing the appropriate treatment.
If you’ve been missing out on your regular dental check-ups, here’s why it’s important that you never miss another.
The Dangers of Plaque
Plaque may seem like a common occurrence on teeth, but over time, without the appropriate care and cleaning from a dentist, that simple layer of plaque can quickly accumulate on your teeth and along the gumline. Plaque hardens into tartar, which contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. As plaque gradually turns into tartar it becomes increasingly difficult to remove with regular brushing. Eventually, only the methods applied by a dentist can remove the build-up and apply the treatment that’s necessary.
Indicator of Overall Health
The state of your gums can be an indicator of the state of your overall health. Heart disease and even heart attacks have been correlated to improper oral health. When plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it can fester, incubate infections, and contribute to coronary disease, clogged arteries, or heart attack.
In fact, poor oral health is also correlated with obesity, lung cancer, and stroke. For instance, fatty foods and sugary drinks contribute to obesity, but they also cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular dental check-ups are imperative for really maintaining a healthy heart and body. It all ties into the concept of holistic dentistry, which addresses oral health in conjunction with your overall health, habits, and lifestyle. Taking a holistic approach to oral health can help prevent more invasive and expensive dental treatments.
Regular Check-Ups Require Less Effort
When you do attend each of your regular dental check-ups, it allows the dentist to monitor your teeth and gums regularly so that any issues can be detected early. With frequent visits, they can be quick, painless and easy with less to worry about.
When you avoid the dentist, after returning from a long hiatus, it can be a much more daunting experience when you really don’t know what to expect and may face the potential of enduring some more intense repair and treatment.
Attending regular dental check-ups can be stressful for many people. But it is extremely important and necessary for minimizing the effort required during your appointments for maintaining good oral health and preventing any associated diseases for your overall health. Contact us today to book an appointment so you can get back on track – your mouth will thank you.