Today, more than ever, Americans are more committed to their health. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise not only allows us to reap the benefits of good health, healthcare costs are greatly reduced through a lifestyle that helps us avoid diseases and health issues.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), getting regular exercise can lower the risk for obesity, diabetes and osteoarthritis. The CDC also reports that regular exercise can decrease the risk of some cancers, including lung and endometrial cancers.
While Americans strive to eat ‘right’ and stay active, many are also committed to regular screenings for breast, colon, skin and prostrate cancer. Regular eye exams and other screenings help us to catch problems that do arise while they are still small. This helps to curtail costs and treatment time.
Doesn’t your oral health deserve the same commitment you devote to maintaining a healthy body? Research has found links between the bacteria of periodontal (gum) disease and serious problems elsewhere in the body. These include heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and impotency.
The most motivating factor for people to maintain a healthy smile is knowing it can help save money. By spending just minutes each day on your at-home oral care and having dental check ups and cleanings every six months, many problems can be prevented and save you in time and money for repairs.
Consider your 6-month dental check-ups. These visits give you a clean slate so you can often avoid problems between visits. If you’re one of those who assumes that if nothing hurts, nothing is wrong, you merely set yourself up for problems that require more involved treatment than would have been needed with early response.
A key step in the process of dental exams and cleanings is the opportunity to remove calculus. Calculus (also referred to as tartar) is a hardened form of oral bacteria that results from plaque build up. Once plaque forms into calculus, it attaches to teeth and can no longer be brushed or flossed away.
Oral bacteria thrive by eating away at gum tissues and reproducing in your mouth. Because they reproduce rapidly, they can easily go from gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) to periodontal disease, an infection.
While gingivitis causes tender gums to bleed when brushing, periodontal disease symptoms are more severe, including persistent bad breath, sore gums that bleed easily, gums that darken in color, receded gums, and pus pockets.
Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. However, this potent bacteria can enter the bloodstream through tears in diseased gum tissues, causing problems far beyond the mouth. It has been shown to trigger inflammatory reactions that can result in major health problems.
Obviously, infectious oral bacteria is highly potent. Yet, it’s easy to avoid with twice daily brushing, daily flossing and having regular dental checkups. To minimize oral bacteria levels in the mouth, limit sugary snacks and either swish after eating or chew sugarless gum when brushing is inconvenient. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep the mouth moist. This will you help to lower your risk for cavities and enjoy fresher breath!
Saving money is always a good goal. By avoiding the need to have cavities repaired or treatment for gum disease, you’ll save money and have much to smile about.
Start with a thorough examination and cleaning. This will help you maintain a healthy smile at home between visits. To schedule, call 219-987-5733.