Priorities are things that you set apart because of their importance. Things like sleeping, eating, going to work, and paying bills on time are often at the top of your priorities. Other things should also be on a list of priorities like eating healthy, sleeping enough each night, leaving the stress of work at work each day…and visiting the dentist on a regular basis.
Many people are surprised to learn how important regular dental visits are, and this is usually because they only see their dentist as a person who cleans their teeth. Yet, much more goes on during routine dental visits, whether you are aware of it or not. Your dentist is specially trained to thoroughly examine your entire mouth to look for any signs of concern that may be affecting more than just your mouth. It is important to understand that the health of your mouth is a huge indication of the health of the rest of your body. Making dental visits a priority can reduce the impact that certain health concerns have by catching signs of life-threatening illness and complications such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory infection
- Kidney failure
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
Gum disease can be directly linked to miscarriage and concerns that pose a risk to both mother and baby, so a pregnant woman needs to have her mouth evaluated and cleaned thoroughly at least twice during her pregnancy. Diabetes and cancer often present their first signs inside the mouth, yet because most people do not know this, these diseases can progress quickly when early detection and early intervention are not given. Your dentist is on the front line for you! Your dentist offers more than just a good teeth cleaning and a new toothbrush – your dentist offers life-saving treatment.
At Brentwood Dental Group, we encourage you to make dental visits a priority in your life. Your entire health rests in the balance of your oral health, and it is up to you to make sure that you and your family members visit the dentist regularly. Contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group