In recent years, there has been a definite shift in attitudes towards health, with more people than ever trying to keep their bodies in tip top shape. But one of the things that often gets overlooked is oral health.
Keeping your mouth healthy is just as important as looking after the rest of your body and visiting your dentist every six months is one of the best ways to prevent dental problems. Here, we take a closer look at all the reasons why preventive dentistry – i.e. - looking after your teeth and having regular dental check-ups - is the key to maintaining good health.
1. Protect the rest of your body
Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body, and more evidence is coming out to show links between poor oral health and medical conditions like stroke and heart disease. This is because bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body and cause inflammation. While good oral health might not completely prevent these things, it does ensure you’re doing all you can to protect your body.
2. Prevent cavities and tooth loss
By visiting your dentist regularly and making sure you brush and floss effectively, you can help prevent cavities and other dental problems such as tooth loss. Although it might seem like a lot of effort to brush effectively and floss, not taking these steps means you could end up with a mouth full of fillings or extractions.
3. Freshen smile and breath
Visiting your dentist regularly means you’ll have your teeth professionally cleaned as well as scaled and polished. Not only will this make your teeth look fresher and cleaner, it’ll also improve your breath.
4. Save money
Taking care of your oral health can help save you money in the long run. That’s because you’ll be able to prevent issues like tooth decay, negating the need for expensive fillings and restorative work. On the other hand, neglecting your teeth can lead to painful and costly problems later down the line.
5. Spot other problems
During your dental examination, your dentist will look at the overall health of your mouth, head and neck. This allows them to identify any unusual lesions or lumps that could indicate oral, head or neck cancer. While this is unlikely, many people are surprised to learn that dentists are trained to identify such complications.
If you’re ready to take the first step to good oral health and wish to book a dental check-up, or want to find out more about our preventive approach to dentistry, please call us on 01732 865021 or email us here.