Going to the doctor for yearly well visits, health and wellness screenings, and skin care checks at the dermatologist. All of these constitute good health practices to maintain our overall well-being. But, how many people view a visit to the dentist as one of these important checklist items?
National Dental Health Month, recognized in May, reminds all of us of the importance of keeping up with your dental visits. The key to maintaining those ‘pearly whites’ goes well beyond cosmetic enhancements. We learn at a young age to brush and floss twice a day. And while brushing and flossing are key to keeping the bacteria from settling on your teeth and creating cavities, oral hygiene is just as important to our overall health.
A healthy smile means that you practice good habits every day. Eating healthy has a major impact on your oral health. Avoid sugary foods and drinks as they can damage teeth, causing cavities to form or erosion to occur. Focus on foods that are high in fiber and contain calcium by eating green leafy vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals.
Gum disease can also develop when there is a substantial amount of bacteria in the mouth left behind by those unhealthy substances. That bacteria can spread into the bloodstream, causing heart disease or other cardiovascular issues. According to the American Dental Association, gum disease increases the risk of heart disease due to the inflammation in the gums and bacteria, which may eventually lead to the narrowing of arteries.
Lastly, in order to maintain a healthy mouth, continue to see your dentist. Regular cleanings and trips to the dentist are a vital part of oral hygiene treatment. A check-up and cleaning by your dentist are recommended every six months. By following the advice of your trusted dental professionals and maintaining routine dental care, you are on your way to a healthy lifestyle.
At Weaver, Reckner, and Reinhart Dental Associates, our dental professionals are committed to providing entire families with a healthy smile. Our dental services cover a range of procedures from orthodontics to dental implants in our Harleysville office and Souderton location. You can learn more about our practice and services by browsing our website or contact us at 215-486-1649/215-486-1652.