Busy lives and full schedules make priorities a necessity, otherwise important events slip through the cracks. Even things you know should be easy priorities often get put off or pushed aside. For instance, you know you should exercise 5x a week, yet work days are long, evenings are jam-packed with kids’ sporting schedules, dinner needs to be eaten, homework needs to be done – and it is often too late in the day to even think about exercising once you actually have the time. Many people find themselves in the same situation regarding dental visits: they know they should go to the dentist and they even made their appointment, but when it comes time for the appointment it is often difficult to juggle the demands of a work day around a visit to the dentist. Yet, neglecting to go to the dentist affects more than “just” your oral health, and should, therefore, be a priority that you keep.
The health of your mouth is a huge indicator of the health of your entire body. People often say that the eyes are the “window to the soul,” and in 2000 the US Surgeon General made the association that the mouth is a “mirror” of health and disease in the body. When you make dental visits a priority, you are reducing your risk for life-threatening diseases and severe complications such as:
The mouth is home to millions of bacteria that can easily enter into the blood stream via inflamed or infected tissues. Because there is a single blood stream running throughout the entire body, infections and disease that starts inside the mouth can easily travel to other parts of the body and negatively affect your health.
Dentists are specially trained to identify signs of disease that often present their first symptoms inside the mouth. At Heritage Dental, we offer more than just “teeth cleaning.” We offer exceptional, comprehensive, and complete dentistry services that benefit your entire well-being. We encourage you to make dental visits a priority by calling today to schedule your appointment.