by Boris Lipovetskiy, DMD
Do you take good care of your teeth? There are many reasons why good dental habits are important, and one of the main reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy is how this affects your overall wellness. The cosmetic benefits of dental hygiene are evident for all to see, but there are hidden dangers to neglecting your oral health that can impact other areas of your body and lead to disease and illness. Let us look at why good dental care is essential for your well-being.
Your Mouth and Bacteria
It is a fact that your mouth is full of bacteria and if it gets out of control, this is when problems can occur. This usually becomes an issue when oral health is neglected over a period of time. It may be that other lifestyle habits and certain medications also contribute to the deterioration of your teeth and gums. This is when you can begin to experience problems such as tooth loss and inflammation.
Inflammation around your gums can lead to an infection known as gingivitis due to the accumulation of plaque. If this is left untreated, more serious conditions such as peritonitis can develop. There will be signs that you are suffering from gum disease such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath and teeth becoming looser. These should not be ignored as they act as a warning, and by taking action, you can prevent more serious health problems.
How Dental Health Affects Your Body
If gum disease is not treated early, it can start to have an impact on other parts of your body. Bacteria can be released into the bloodstream. The fact that more intense dentistry work and tooth extractions may be required will not help the situation. There are links between serious gum problems and health conditions such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Any pre-existing health issues may be made worse and pregnancy can be an area that is adversely affected.
Dental Health and Mental Well-Being
It is not just your physical health that is an essential aspect of proper dental care but also your mental well-being. If your teeth are in poor condition, this can lead to low self-esteem and you may become self-conscious due to issues such as bad breath. However, if your oral health is good, this can make you more self-confident and able to smile at ease when you meet new people. A good habit of looking after your teeth can lead to other healthy choices in your life.
How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
As you can see, good dental habits are essential for your health. There are steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. Regular brushing and daily flossing will prevent plaque from building up in your mouth. The toothbrush you use should be changed frequently to ensure that the brush is doing an efficient job of getting between your teeth. Healthy eating habits and avoiding too much sugar will undoubtedly help. Finally, visit your dentist’s office regularly so that any problems can be caught early.
In conclusion, good dental care is not just right for your teeth, but for your overall health.
Dr. Boris Lipovetskiy specializes in natural, biological and cosmetic dentistry with a holistic approach. Utilizing the latest technologies and safest protocols within a relaxing, calm environment, patients are well protected while becoming wholly healthy. Advanced Dental Wellness Center is located at 104 SE 1st St., Fort Lauderdale. For information and appointments, call 954-525-5662 and/or visit adwCenter.com.