Take Care of Your Body and the Mind Will Follow
I will take a departure from the normal content of this blog, to touch upon a topic that has recently become important in my life and my family’s life: taking care of your body – especially your teeth. My children have long been afraid of the dentist – and for good reason too. They have had unpleasant experiences during dental exams with their previous dentist, and as a result, do not ever want to visit a dentist again. I tried my best to explain to them why it was important to regularly (every 6 months) visit a dentist for an oral exam, but couldn’t put together the right things to tell them. So, I asked for help from my friend who works in the dental industry, and she pointed me to an unpublished article she had once written about the importance of oral care, and how it is connected to the rest of your body. Her friend, Dr. Pham, was very helpful in giving her practical advice, which she later put into her article. Here is a link to her practice, Vibrant Smiles, where she works as a dentist NRH (short for North Richland Hills, which is in Texas). This is the article in full:
Do you know that aside form doing our usual oral care regimen at home we should also see our dentists at least twice in a year? Ideally, it has to be once every six months. For most of us, perhaps the only time we feel compelled to visit our dentists is when we’re experiencing pain and discomfort and more often than not the problem at this point has already gotten worse. The primary reason why we should make it a priority to see our dentist is to ensure that our teeth and gums are in excellent condition. What is a day in 6 months going to cost you? Besides it wouldn’t hurt if you sacrifice two days in a year to see your dentist. When we adhere to our oral exams we are ensuring that any potential oral health problem can be controlled or if it already exists which is almost always the case, at least it can be treated early on and dealt with in the most conservative way possible.
Keep in mind that if you always forego seeing your dentist any potential oral health problem you may currently have can advance quickly and this can cost you a lot of money especially if the condition gets worse since its corresponding treatments are expensive. The good thing about oral health checkups is it can reveal problems at its initial stages, which means there’s still a great chance the condition can be reversed. It’s also necessary because if there are any oral health problems that are left untreated and unmanaged it can progress and spread to other parts of the body and this can negatively impact your health.
What is the relationship between your mouth and the rest of your body?
The state and condition of your mouth may signify other problems in your body. But through regular dental visits specifically twice a year, the health condition of your mouth will be monitored including your overall wellbeing. Take dental cavities as an example. If dental cavities are left untreated it can spread to the base of the affected tooth and if the condition gets worse it can lead to an infection confined within the area. If dental cavities are not treated immediately with a root canal the bacteria can seep into the bloodstream and this can lead to the possibility of a systemic infection.
Numerous studies have revealed a strong link between gum disease and health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and dementia. So if you don’t want to end up with any of these conditions make it a priority to see your dentist and follow your appointments. From now on, pencil in your dental visits so you won’t forget about it given that you’ll only get to see your dentist maximum twice a year.