There are always things that you know you should do, and then there are things that you want to do – and many times those things do not overlap. However, most of the things that we should do have a good reason behind them. You should eat healthy in order to avoid heart disease and obesity; you should get enough rest so that your body has adequate time to recharge at night; and you should make dental visits a priority in order to save your life. Yes, you read that correctly – dental visits do more than just give you a pretty smile, they protect your entire health.
Many people miss the connection between their oral health and their entire body, and leave themselves more vulnerable to diseases and infections than they ever imagined was possible. Because the body has a single blood stream that runs throughout it, an infection inside the mouth can easily travel throughout the entire body. In 2000, the US Surgeon General stated that the mouth is a “mirror” of health and disease in the body. In other words, your mouth reflects your overall health.
The following have been proven to have a direct link to poor oral health:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory infection
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
Making your oral health a priority is vital, and it includes more than just brushing and flossing your teeth. At every dental visit, your mouth is thoroughly cleaned and examined. Dentists are specially trained to identify suspicious signs inside the mouth that are often symptoms of far greater concerns. Dentists are well known for being the first to spot signs of diabetes and cancer as these often show their first signs inside the mouth. Dentists save lives every day because they often identify signs and symptoms of disease long before patients recognize any warning signs themselves.
At Cane Bay Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive and exceptional dentistry services to patients of all ages. We encourage you to make dental visits a priority in order to promote optimal health. Call today to schedule your appointment.
1724 State Rd, #4D
Summerville, SC 29483