If someone charged you with the task of making a list of your priorities, sleep, food, paying bills on time, and the occasional vacation would probably make the list. However, there are other things that you know should also be on that list: eating healthy, getting enough sleep, regular exercise, and routine dental visits. Perhaps you are surprised by that last one – are dental visits actually a priority? The answer is YES!
Regular dental visits do more than just allow an opportunity for you to have clean teeth. Your dentist is specially trained to identify areas of concern that you would not necessarily associate with a visit to the dentist. For instance, dentists are well known for spotting early signs of diabetes and cancer long before patients are aware of any symptoms. That is because, diabetes and cancer often present certain signs inside the mouth that are particular to the disease. Dentists across the United States have helped to save millions of lives by early detection of life-threatening conditions.
Your mouth is also home to millions of bacteria that threaten the health of your mouth and entire body. Once bacteria enter the blood stream, they can easily travel throughout the body and carry infection, inflammation, and disease with them. Therefore, if the gums are irritated or infected, harmful bacteria can easily enter into the blood stream here and travel. Cavities, decay, gingivitis, and gum disease all begin as small concerns, yet when allowed to fester, they have been directly linked to the following health issues:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory infection
- Kidney failure
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy conditions and loss
It is imperative that you make dental visits a priority. Your oral health is like a mirror that reflects the health of your entire body. When your oral health declines, the health of your heart, organs, and body also declines.
At Pacific Sky Dental, we want to partner with you in your oral health. Through regular dental visits, we can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health that will benefit your entire life.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental