Anchorage Dentist Explains The Value of Investing in Your Oral Health
You know caring for your teeth reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, but did you know maintaining a proper oral health regimen is actually an investment in your overall well-being? Research shows poor dental health can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and a slew of other health issues. Below, an Anchorage dentist from The Libby Group discusses the relationship and why caring for your oral health is such a great investment.
Your mouth is a hotbed of bacteria. While good oral hygiene practices, such as flossing and brushing can help keep the population in check, neglecting to do so can foster its growth, leading to tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
Experts have found there is a correlation between advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and serious health issues, including:
- Endocarditis: Germs and bacteria from your mouth can contaminate the bloodstream and damage your heart. Without proper treatment, your heart’s inner lining will become infected, causing serious issues.
- Cardiovascular Disease: Infections and inflammation caused by oral bacteria have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. As such, those with poor oral hygiene run a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Pregnancy Issues: Advanced gum disease can also affect pregnancy, raising the risk of low-birth weight and pre-term babies. Expecting mothers are encouraged to take a proactive approach to oral health and dental cleanings.
A Wise Investment
Investing in your oral health is always a wise choice. Not only will you enjoy enhanced self-confidence, well-being, and peace of mind, but the Anchorage dentists at The Libby Group note you’ll have improved financial stability as well. The money you save on future dental work and medical expenses will easily make up for the time and energy spent maintaining your smile.
In addition to your bi-annual teeth cleaning, practice good oral hygiene every day by brushing, flossing, eating healthy, and avoiding tobacco products. If you have a toothache or experience oral discomfort, contact your dentist immediately to address the issue. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse.
Use It or Lose It
Each year, your dental insurance provides you with a set amount of benefits. In most cases, unused benefits are lost at the beginning of the new insurance year. If you’re overdue for a cleaning and exam or have been putting off dental treatment, we have a few more availabilities in our schedule for an appointment before the end of the year.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your oral health, The Libby Group team can offer a wide array of dental care services, ranging from routine checkups to teeth whitening, wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and more. New patients are always welcome.