By treating dental caries and periodontal gum disease we are improving/maintaining our own systemic health. There is a definite link between taking care of your teeth and gums and your overall health. We all know how abusing our bodies can have a negative effect on our health such as smoking, alcohol and poor diet. I believe that how we take care of ourselves definitely effects quality of life.
People in the dental field constantly preach to us the importance of brushing and flossing. Even the use of fluoride toothpaste and mouthrinses have a positive effect. Having healthy teeth that are not loose and in proper alignment have many benefits such as allowing us to properly chew our flood that are required in a healthy diet. We have seen people without teeth that can only eat refined carbohydrate diet which lead to poor nutrition. We also see that in a social setting the positive effects such as looking more successful whether its to ask someone out or a job interview.
Most of us have heard in the media the link between gum disease and heart disease. There are also links between diabetes and gum disease. These relationships have to do with the bacteria from your mouth getting into your bloodstream effecting your entire body. Also this is a constant battle going on in your mouth with your immune system fighting the bacteria in leading to your own bodies destruction by an autoimmune reaction.
To put things simply, we need to take care of our mouth just like athletes take care of their bodies. We have the old adage: an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. By spending the time and money brushing and flossing on a daily basis with a fluoride toothpaste while seeing your dentist/hygienist on a regular basis to catch things when they are small you will be doing yourself a big favor to saving money and living a long healthy life. I have seen it many times people use the excuse I didn’t have insurance before or have the finances for not seeking regular dental care. When they do come in, the many years of neglect are evident and things then cost thousands of dollars and we can never get them back to a totally healthy state. We just manage the disease.