Dental care plays an important role in your overall health and wellbeing. Oral health is connected to
the health of your body as a whole. This is because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful
bacteria that may enter your bloodstream and cause serious health issues.
Preventative dental care is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. It includes
basic dental care such as daily brushing (remember to also brush your tongue), flossing and annual
visits to your dentist for an exam to check for any problems in the teeth or gums. But, it’s more than
that. It also includes eating a healthy, balanced diet to protect your teeth and providing them with
the nutrients they need. Limit your sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread,
and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
With good dental hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting cavities, gingivitis,
periodontitis, and other dental problems. This, in turn, can reduce your risk of secondary problems
caused by poor oral health. Some health problems that may be linked to poor oral health are:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
Premature birth and low birth weight may also be linked to poor oral health. You should continue to
practice or adopt good preventive oral health if you’re pregnant. This includes visiting your dentist
for routine check-ups during your pregnancy.
Among the problems and diseases dentists can discover with a thorough examination are:
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Acid reflux
- Tooth grinding
- Oral cancers
In addition to reducing your risk for other health issues, practicing good preventive healthcare can
save you money. Even with dental insurance, the costs associated with poor oral hygiene can add
up. While preventive dentistry may not eliminate your need for fillings, root canals, or dental
implants, it can go a long way in reducing your need for these costly treatments.