Make Dental Visits a Priority

Northampton Dental blog, general dentistry

Priorities cause us to look at things differently in order to classify them as important. Certain things in life are often high on most people’s lists of priorities: eating, sleeping, going to work, paying bills on time, and staying hydrated. All of these are incredibly important to your quality of life, yet they are not all that should be listed. Just as your body needs a regular physical to check whether everything is running smoothly, your mouth needs a regular dental exam and cleaning. Making dental visits a priority should be high on your list because your entire health hangs in the balance.

The health of your mouth is a huge indication of the health of the rest of your body. Neglecting your teeth and gums can cause far more dire consequences than just a single cavity. Most major oral health issues start off as a small concern, yet when cavities, decay, gingivitis, and gum disease are allowed to fester and go untreated, life-threatening health concerns can arise. The following are serious health conditions, illnesses, and diseases that have often been directly linked to poor oral health:

  • Heart disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Dementia
  • Respiratory infections
  • Pregnancy complications and loss
Keeping a healthy mouth goes far beyond just brushing and flossing. Without the attention of your dentist, brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and avoiding sugar will only go so far.

Your dentist is a specially trained medical professional who has been trained to assess your oral health and look for any indications that your mouth may reveal of other concerns. Dentists regularly spot the first signs of diabetes and cancer in patients who are unaware of any symptoms. Both of these diseases often present their first signs inside the mouth where people are unaccustomed to examining. Treatment and intervention for even the smallest concern can restore far more than “just” your oral health.

Northampton Dental encourages you to make dental visits a priority. Call us today to schedule your next visit.