Going to the dentist isn’t typically on anyone’s “favorite things” list. In fact, making our dentist appointments often falls to the bottom of our to-do list, behind seemingly more pressing appointments and errands. However, your oral health could play an integral role in managing – or worsening - other diseases and conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
If these aren’t valid reasons to take better care of our teeth and gums, it should be noted that we also need our teeth to eat, drink and speak properly. Without these basic abilities, living our lives will be more challenging in a variety of ways. Here are other reasons our dental health is so important.
· To manage dry mouth. As we age, our mouth produces less saliva than when we were younger. Saliva is not only vital for proper swallowing and speaking, it’s also important for preventing cavities and gum disease. Visiting the dentist regularly can help you better manage this issue that is a natural product of aging.
· To prevent sensitive teeth. We have all experienced that painful, tingling sensation in our mouths after drinking a glass of cold water. Many things can cause sensitive teeth, including cavities, gum disease and worn tooth enamel. Proper oral health is key in helping to prevent these issues.
· To prevent other diseases. As mentioned before, poor dental health can be associated with other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. Keeping a healthy mouth can help manage these conditions not only through diet, but preventing unwanted bacteria from entering our lungs or heart and causing more serious issues.
Aside from scheduling regular dental visits, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily as well. If you wear dentures, be sure to properly clean them every day to maintain proper gum and tooth health. And as with other healthy habits, avoid smoking tobacco and eating too many foods with refined sugar. All of these tips will help you maintain a healthy mouth and a healthy life.
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