At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we place a lot of importance on the dental health of each and every one of our patients. Too often dental health is not taken seriously enough, even by people who should know better. In this post, we are going to review some of the most important reasons for taking good care of your teeth and gums at home, and seeing us for a checkup twice a year.
First, let’s get to the most obvious ones. A healthy mouth helps to prevent:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
Those are three very good reasons. But there are lots of other reasons why you should prioritize your dental health.
Poor dental hygiene may put you at greater risk of the following:
- Heart attack
You may wonder: why does my mouth have so much to do with my overall health? The answer? If your eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is a window to the rest of your body.
An examination of the mouth, and saliva in particular, can reveal the presence of systemic conditions such as AIDS and diabetes. Incredible as it may seem, more than ninety percent of systemic diseases reveal themselves in the mouth. Saliva testing can also reveal the presence of environmental toxins that indicate hepatitis and other serious illnesses.
Brushing and flossing may not help you ward off systemic conditions, but they can be detected by a dental exam.
We’ll wrap up this post with a predictable reminder: never go to bed without brushing and flossing your teeth first. Remember to brush for at least two minutes and to thoroughly brush the inside and outside of your teeth. And don’t forget your tongue!
At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we want all our patients to have happy mouths – good dental health, in other words. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!
Contact The Steele Creek Dentist:
Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):