Now that it’s the 21st Century, it’s fairly common knowledge where dental decay comes from and how to avoid getting cavities. We’ve all heard from our hygienists and Dentists at least ONCE in our life, “You need to brush twice a day and floss once a day”. Still, did you know that having a healthy mouth can affect more than just your teeth? These five things might just change the way you view your oral health!
Here are a few dental terms that will be relevant to this blog subject:
- Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums
- Periodontal Disease: Inflammation of the bones, ligaments and other surrounding structures of the teeth
- Gum Disease: referring to Gingivitis and/or Periodontal Disease
- Health Related Issues: The Surgeon General says that 80% of people have some kind of gum disease. Studies have shown links between people who have gum disease and the increased risk of getting other medical conditions.
- Heart Disease: Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease, can cause high blood pressure and has been linked to causing strokes. Statistics have shown that people with Periodontal disease are two times more likely to have a stroke.
- Periodontal Disease and Your Body: If you already have Diabetes, be sure to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups because you are more likely to develop Periodontal Disease. The first sign of this will be red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss. See your Dentist immediately if this occurs.
- Among its obvious negatives to having rampant bacteria in your mouth causing inflammation, expectant mothers are seven times more likely to go into preterm labor if they have Periodontal Disease.
- Studies by Harvard University show that people with Periodontal Disease have an increased risk of 62% of developing kidney and pancreatic cancer.
- Gum disease and tooth loss increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Confidence: 97% of adults feel that a great smile is an important social aspect in their daily lives. Whether you are walking through a grocery store, talking to a customer face to face, or meeting your mom for coffee, your smile is one of the first things that a person notices about you. People who have gotten a full mouth make-over can give testament that having a beautiful smile can give you that extra kick to make a great first impression or inspire a healthy self-confidence!
- Job Security: Going along with point #2, 74% think a bad smile can negatively impact your career. Dark, crooked, or missing teeth can cause people to be self-conscious which in return may affect how a person performs at his or her job. Not having to worry about whether people will judge your professionalism or work ethic based on the appearance of your smile might just save your career.
- Relationships: People are generally characterized as being “single, dating, or married” (or maybe “it’s complicated”?) Whatever your social status, having bad breath or a not-so-up-to-par smile is going to affect your relationships, new or old. Flashing a smile to strangers is a universal sign of friendliness and a non-verbal hello. If the first thing someone sees isn’t very attractive, their first impression of you is just that. Having a healthy set of teeth not only makes you feel better about yourself, but studies have shown that 96% of adults feel like a good smile makes them more attractive to those around them.
- Your Teeth Are The Best Teeth: The bottom line when it comes to taking care of your teeth is that nothing technology can make to replace or fix teeth is better than what you were born with.
- Yes, getting decay removed and placing a filling or even a dental crown fixes the tooth, but natural tooth structure was taken away which has inadvertently made your tooth weaker.
- Yes, when you lose a tooth, you can get a dental bridge or implant, but both of those tooth replacements are WAY more expensive than paying for a tube of toothpaste, dental floss, and going to regular dental cleanings to learn proper dental care to prevent tooth decay.
- Yes, you can lose all of your teeth and replace them with a set of dentures which will return you to 40% functionality in chewing, but you will never taste food the same way again.
A smart woman once said that “Dental treatment is never cheaper than it is today”. Taking the time and effort to keep your natural teeth for as long as you can will be the best investment you can make with your smile and maybe even your health.