Certain things in life are more important than others. For instance, paying your bills on time is more important than purchasing the new iPhone 8. Of course, somethings are relatively easy to keep as priorities: sleep, eating, and going to work. Yet, sometimes there are things that you know should be priorities, yet you allow them to slip through the cracks of your busy life. Dental visits often fall into this category because they are typically thought of as easy to make up. Yet, putting off one dental appointment can lead to forgetting to reschedule another, and then it could be two years since you last visited the dentist. While this may not seem like a big deal to those who brush and floss regularly, it is important for you to understand that those good habits are truly not enough to protect your health.
The mouth can be viewed as a mirror to the body’s health. Many people do not understand the direct correlation between oral health and their overall health, yet serious, life-threatening complications can be directly linked to poor oral health or even simple infections that began in the mouth and passed on to other vital organs. The body is one complex machine that is supported by a single blood stream. If there is an infection or disease in one part of the body, it can travel via the blood stream and wreak havoc on your health. The following are severe health complications that are often linked to poor oral health:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory infection
- Autoimmune disease
- Pregnancy complications and loss
Dentists are specially trained doctors who do much more than “just” clean teeth. Dentists provide thorough exams during every visit to examine the mouth for any suspicious concerns. It is no secret that dentists are often the first to spot signs of diabetes and cancer, as these diseases sometimes show the first symptoms inside the mouth. By making dental visits a priority, you can protect your life.
At South Texas Dental, we encourage you to make dental visits a priority in order to protect your smile and your entire health. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Posted on Behalf of South Texas Dental