Having a healthy mouth is more important than you might think. It goes beyond appearance. On any given day you may use your mouth to smile, talk, eat and drink, convey feelings through facial expressions, or sing and shout. Poor oral health affects all of these things — and more. Good oral health isn’t hard to achieve, but it does take effort and discipline on your part. We want to ensure your success in maintaining the healthiest mouth possible.
Practicing good habits is easier if bad habits don’t develop first. Encouraging healthy diets, teaching the importance of clean teeth and the proper way to brush and floss, and scheduling regular checkups (the American Dental Association recommends beginning as early as age 1) will help keep many oral health problems from ever happening and keep minor issues from becoming far more serious in later years.
A Window to Your Overall Health
A healthy mouth can be an indicator of good overall health, and as we age, the connection between oral health and our general health becomes even more important.
Troubles with your oral health may be the first signs for many systemic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, AIDS, Sjögren’s syndrome, and others. Poor oral health also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular disease, and has been connected to arthritis, osteoporosis, and, if pregnant, premature birth and low birth weight, among other problems.
Practicing proper oral hygiene and having regular checkups are key to having a healthy mouth. Don’t let oral problems become general health problems. See us at the first sign of infection or pain.
Take care of your mouth and teeth, and they’ll do their part to take care of you. If you are in Uvalde, Texas, or the surrounding area, we would be proud to offer you the services to take proper care of your oral health. Contact my office for an appointment today!