Although most people tend to separate oral health from overall health, there is a strong connection between the two. Taking care of your teeth is essential not just to keep your smile white and bright, but because your dental health can be an indicator of other things happening with your overall health.
If you haven’t visited your Wilmington, DE dentist in a while, here are some reasons why you need to make an appointment for an examination and cleaning.
The Health Benefits of Regular Cleanings and Examinations
When you go to the dentist regularly, tooth decay can be spotted while it is still small and easy to fix with a simple filling. A filling will prevent the decay from spreading.
Cavities that go untreated will continue to grow. Ultimately, it can infiltrate the root of your tooth, causing an infection that will need treatment with a root canal—or possibly a tooth extraction.
One missing tooth frequently leads to more missing teeth. Chewing becomes more difficult, and your nutrition may suffer.
There are millions of people who suffer from gum disease in the United States, but because this insidious disease often presents with no symptoms, many don’t even know they have it. The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to visit the dentist.
Untreated gum disease can eventually cause your gums to recede, leaving you at risk for tooth loss. But that’s not all. More and more studies are showing a link between gum disease and other dangerous conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancers.
Most people don’t examine the inside of their mouths, so it’s usually your dentist who will be the one to spot any abnormalities. If you don’t see your dentist regularly, you will likely not be screened for oral cancer. This form of cancer is treatable—when it is detected early enough for treatment.
Visit Your Pike Creek Dentist
Don’t neglect your oral health and risk the health of your entire body. Make an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup today at your Wilmington, DE dentist, Dr. Mark C. Gladnick. Call us today!