A healthy smile means a happy you. When you visit your dental professionals regularly, you do more than keep your smile clean–you learn all kinds of things about your overall health. You can protect yourself from whole body health complications in your future by taking good care of your smile.
Research suggests that the health of your mouth reflects the condition of your whole body. With just one dental appointment, Dr. Voges may be able to tell you more about your health care needs and how you can get the most comfort and function from your body.
Gum Disease, Tooth Decay, and their Health Effects
Poor oral health is linked to many health problems, including:
- Heart disease
- Oral cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney disease
- Pre-term, low-weight babies for pregnant women
Did you know that 90% of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations? If you have swollen gums, dry mouth, or tooth pain, you may be suffering from something much bigger. Dental appointments and diligent dental hygiene are crucial to preserving your health!
When you take care of your teeth and gums, you avoid pain, digestion difficulties, heart problems, and more. You protect yourself from a wide variety of health issues just by keeping periodontal disease at bay.
What Can I Do to Ensure Oral Health?
When you see your dentist regularly, you are constantly making sure your mouth is in great shape. Dr. Voges’ trained eye can detect any developments that may indicate other health issues. If you have any of the warning signs of poor health, she will let you know immediately and help you get back on the right track.
Besides seeing your general dentist every six months, there’s one very important thing for you to do. Every patient should practice outstanding oral hygiene at home to preserve their bodily health.
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste
- Flossing every day to prevent the buildup of plaque and food
- Eating a healthy diet and get the nutrients necessary to ward off gum disease
- Avoiding cigarettes and chewing tobacco, which are contributors to gum disease and oral cancer
Remember that visiting your dentist regularly is one of the most efficient ways to detect a problem’s early warning signs. It is critical to stay on top of your oral health and dental hygiene so you can always be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.
Please let us know if you have any questions! Schedule your appointment or learn more by calling us at San Antonio Aesthetic & Family Dentistry today.