As our culture and the city of Washington, D.C. grow more health conscious—focusing on exercise, clean eating, and mental health—there’s one area health and fitness influencers are neglecting: oral hygiene. Sure, an image of a dentist sticking dental forceps in your mouth might not be as Instagram-worthy as a yoga pose on top of a mountain, but those who care deeply about overall health should turn their attention to oral hygiene. The connection between the health of our mouth and the rest of our bodies is stronger than some might think.
Our mouth is the gateway to our internal health. Harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream through our gum tissue leading to serious, life-threatening diseases. Here are just three of many areas of our overall health affected by oral health:
1) Brain: Poor oral health can lead to poor mental health. Infected gums can release substances that kill brain cells and lead to memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s.
2) Reproductive organs: Neglecting dental check ups can lead to pregnancy complications and infertility in women. Serious gum infections and gingivitis are known to lead to premature birth and low birth weight in babies. Gum disease can also make it more difficult for a woman to conceive.
3) Heart: When the gums become inflamed from certain bacteria that causes periodontal disease, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and may lead to cardiovascular disease. Plaque builds up and hardens in the arteries, creating a very serious blood flow problem that increases your chance of heart attack.
Unfortunately, most people do have poor oral health and gum disease—not because they practice bad habits. Most people think they can get away with skipping regular dental cleanings and wait until major issues arise and they need to seek emergency dental care. Tartar builds up on their teeth so much that it’s impossible to remove at home with a toothbrush.
Skipping regular teeth cleanings could cost you more than a cavity or some plaque build up. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, ditching the dentist is not worth the risk to your overall heath or wallet. Visiting the dentist just twice each year now could save you thousands in health care bills down the road. The good news is, poor oral hygiene is preventable. Make sure to schedule a regular hygiene cleaning with your dentist at least once every six months for a 30-minute cleaning. DC Dental Spa located in Washington, D.C. offers several financing plans. Speak to a representative about our several financing options such as our:
- $99 New Patient Special - Cleaning, x-ray and exam ($317 value)
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