’TIS THE SEASON for resolutions, and the most common resolutions that people make is for better health. If your resolution this year includes a commitment to being the healthiest you possible, then you need to start with your dental health.
DENTAL HEALTH AND YOUR HEART
Study after study shows that good overall health starts with good dental health. Researchers believe there is a link between poor oral care and the resulting gum disease and poor cardiovascular health. While the exact relationship is still unclear, it has been shown that those with gum disease from poor oral hygiene suffer from more heart attacks than those with healthy gums and teeth.
Some researchers believe that it’s the inflammatory nature of both ailments that bonds them; others believe it’s bacteria that’s to blame, and a third set believe that those with good oral health just naturally take better care of themselves and avoid triggers for both issues, like smoking. Regardless of the details, keeping gum disease at bay is good for your mouth, your heart, and your vascular system.
DENTAL VISITS PREVENT CANCER
Getting to the dentist regularly is also part of good dental health, for more than one reason. In addition to cleaning your teeth, your dentist also examines your mouth for signs of oral cancer, one of the most deadly cancers! However, the reason it’s so deadly is that it often goes undetected until much too late, giving the cancer a chance to spread. Getting to your dentist regularly means early cancer detection, more successful cancer treatments, and a better rate of survival.
Lastly, having good dental health can also help you to feel better about yourself overall. Resolve to talk to your dentist about improving your smile and your self-esteem through cosmetic dentistry options.
Word of Mouth is sponsored by Midtown Dental.
article by DR. WILLIAM NERESTANT
BIO: William Nerestant, DDS, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the U.S. Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visit www.mymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.