It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that it’s usually easier to prevent a problem from occurring than it is to fix one after the fact. Your weekend dentist in Irving urges patients of all ages to take care of their smiles with excellent hygiene and a checkup and cleaning every six months. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of preventive dental care!
Oral Health = Overall Health
Nothing in your body exists in a vacuum — each organ can affect or be affected by the health of the next. The same is definitely true of your mouth. People who take care of their smiles with routine preventive care and good hygiene are more likely to enjoy better health overall. On the other hand, people who have gum disease or are missing teeth are at a higher risk of developing a number of health conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular problems associated with gum disease: Heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack
- Respiratory issues related to gum disease: COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), pneumonia
- Pregnancy complications: Gum disease has been linked to low birth weight and premature birth
- Tooth abscess: Untreated tooth decay can worsen until the tooth abscesses, a dangerous state which can result in premature death in the worst cases
- Diet and nutrition: People who are missing teeth may find it difficult to eat a balanced, nutritious diet
- Other issues: Low self-confidence, depression, or anxiety related to tooth loss and/or visibly infected gums
Preventive Dental Care
These effects of poor oral hygiene are significant, but they can usually be prevented with improved dental hygiene habits. Patients of all ages should brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, at least twice a day, and floss between teeth daily. A six month checkup will help to ensure potential issues are detected earlier, for the most conservative treatment possible. Afterwards, your hygienist will perform a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, keeping your teeth and gums healthier over the long haul.
Recommit to Oral Health
No matter how far you have let your oral hygiene slip, it is never too late to renew your commitment to your smile. An excellent dental team will never judge you or make you feel guilty for falling behind — after all, the important thing is that you take the steps to change right now. Even if it has been a looooong while since your last visit to the dentist, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one this month. It’s for the good of your oral AND overall health!
Meet the Practice
OnCall Dental offers urgent care and general dentistry services at flexible hours for patients in the DFW area. To learn more about their treatments or to book an appointment for a checkup and cleaning at the time that suits your schedule best, you are invited to contact the office by calling your dentist in Irving at 972-476-2121.