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The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry for Your Health

What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is just what it sounds like: preventing dental problems before they start through good oral hygiene. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is particularly true for your dental hygiene. Taking just a few minutes each day to brush and floss can save you tremendous amounts of pain, time, and money that go into “curative” dental treatments that solve problems after they appear. 

Oral Hygiene Is Your Health

Although most of us think of our oral hygiene as a separate system from our heart, lungs, or brain, oral health, and our general health are one and the same. If your mouth isn’t healthy, your body isn’t healthy—period.

The most common oral hygiene issues brought on by poor dental hygiene include:

Clearly, tooth loss, gum infection, and the possible need for surgery are big prices to pay for want of a toothbrush and a roll of dental floss. But these are only the problems that occur in the mouth—as we said, oral health is closely linked with your health overall. Aside from the pain and discomfort of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene can lead to several other system-wide illnesses:

The Need for Regular Care

Just as we get regular physicals from our doctor and regular vision checks from our optometrist, it’s critical for our health to receive regular checkups from a certified oral care provider. Of course, your dentist alone can’t stop oral disease without your help; the backbone of your oral hygiene should be a regular routine of brushing and flossing, with annual dental appointments as a supplement. As we’ve discussed, oral hygiene isn’t just about keeping your teeth and gums healthy—it’s about keeping every part of our bodies in working order, from our mouths to our lungs to our hearts. And when it comes to our health, no medicine or cure can match the impact of preventative care.

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