6 Reasons To Keep Your Smile Healthy

Looking for excuses for not flossing? You won’t find them here. A healthy smile is key to your overall wellness. Here are 6 ways that a healthy smile helps you live a healthier life:Woman Brushing Her Teeth With A Tooth Brush

  1. The chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with heart attack and stroke. Oral bacteria can travel throughout the body and has even been found in heart valves. A healthy smile lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  2. Adults with gum disease did poorly on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than those who had healthy smiles according to a study in the Journal of Neurology. Keep your memory intact by keeping your gums healthy and disease free.
  3. Gum disease has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Researchers have found that the destruction of connective tissue in gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis is similar. Reduce your risk of infection and inflammatory response by keeping your smile in great shape!
  4. Keep blood sugar levels stable with healthy gums. There is a catch-22 relationship between diabetes and gum disease. Having diabetes makes it more likely you will develop infections like gum disease. Conversely, if you have gum disease it is harder to control your blood sugar levels. Keeping your gums healthy can aid in blood sugar control.
  5.  There is an increased risk of pre-term birth and low birth-weight babies for women who have gum disease. Pregnant women should visit their dentist before and during their pregnancy to maintain good oral health. Pregnancy outcomes are better for women with healthy gums so talk to your obstetrician and your dentist about your family planning.
  6. Unsightly, discolored teeth and bad breath hard hard to live with and affect self-confidence. A healthy mouth is free of gum disease and tooth decay with no annoying pain or bad smell to interfere with your personal and professional life. What better way to boost your confidence and self esteem than with a dazzling smile?

Keeping a healthy smile is easy. Brush and floss every day – flossing is key! Remember to visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups on a regular basis. How often? That may depend upon your previous dental health history. Most people visit every six months but patients with diabetes or who have had gum disease may require cleanings a little more often.

Please contact Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR for all of your preventative dentistry needs. Contact us today at 541-858-7994 to schedule your next visit.