We know how it is… we all try to get ourselves to the dentist at least twice a year but then life happens and we find ourselves overseas, or working 24/7 or maybe that check-up just completely slips our mind.
From there, your 6 month check-up becomes a 2 year check-up and within this period of time, all bets are off. We’re realistic: we don’t expect you to love visiting the dentist on a regular basis but it’s just one of those things that needs to be done twice a year (and at the very least, once a year).
Here are 5 reasons that just might make you think twice the next time you think you’ll put off your next check-up for another six months or longer.
Heart disease – Those who have chronic infection in their oral cavity are at higher risk of having a heart attack, a stroke or suffering from coronary artery disease. In a nutshell, when you have an infection surrounding your gums and teeth, it could eventually end up in your blood. From there, it thickens the vessels and narrows them. If you’ve got a family history of heart disease, it’s important you don’t let your oral health slip.
Nutrition – You’d be amazed by how much our tongue and gums say about our general state of health. By looking at your tongue and gums, your dentist might warn you that you may be lacking in certain vitamins and nutrients. For example, a pale tongue generally indicates iron deficiency.
Oral cancer – When your dentist is performing his routine check of your mouth, he’s looking for anything that may look out of the ordinary. Often, they’ll be looking for swollen, red or ulcerated areas and anything that doesn’t look quite right.
Diabetes – Studies show there’s a definite cause and effect link between diabetes and oral health. If you do have diabetes, you need to be aware the condition reduces your body’s ability to fight infection-causing gum and teeth issues. Gum disease can also complicate your diabetes.
Melanoma – Skin cancer (aka melanoma) is one of the most serious types of cancer. In terms of the body, melanoma can manifest anywhere melanocytes exist. That means they can manifest in our skin, mouth, heart or any other tissues. Yet again, in this case, a trip to the dentist can really save your life.
So, we’ve thrown together 5 pretty serious reasons not to blow off your next trip to the dentist. Of course, we haven’t been able to delve too far into it all but feel free to ask your local NovaDental dentist for a more thorough explanation.
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