Six hidden benefits of good oral health
Healthy teeth and gums are not only important in keeping your smile looking gorgeous, but in your overall health and wellbeing.
Good oral health is a critical part of maintaining the health of your entire body. A regular oral health routine at home, including brushing and flossing, can help lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but home cleaning can miss the parts of the mouth that are hard to reach. At Michelle Enmark, DDS in Sacramento, we can help you reach optimal oral health, assisting you in maintaining good overall health. Good oral health has many benefits in other aspects of your health and wellbeing. Below are six benefits of good oral health that go beyond white teeth and good breath.
1# Reduces risk of infection and inflammation
Poor oral health has been linked to infection and inflammation in other parts of the body. Research suggests that there is a link between poor oral health and increased risk of heart disease. It is thought that gum disease from extended bacterial exposure can increase inflammation levels throughout the whole body, and inflammation is a risk factor for heart disease.
2# Preserves your memory
The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that adults with gingivitis performed worse on memory tests and tests of other cognitive skills than those with healthier gums and mouths. Your concentration may also improve when you aren’t distracted by aching teeth or gums.
3# Boosts self-esteem
Bad breath and unsightly teeth can be detrimental to your confidence, self-esteem and self-image. Professional teeth cleanings can remove the deposits of plaque and tartar that conventional tooth brushing can’t remove, helping to protect your long-term oral health. Our in-office whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implant can improve the appearance of your teeth, helping you regain your confidence and self-esteem.
4# Detects oral cancer before you have symptoms
On average, one American dies from oral cancer every hour. The prognosis for oral cancer is generally better the sooner it is discovered, and at Michelle Enmark, DDS we use state-of-the-art technology that can detect the presence of oral cancer. Our dentists use advanced velscope technology to search for oral lesions and abnormalities that could indicate the presence of oral cancer. Ensure you are taking an active approach to protecting yourself from the devastating impact of oral cancer by regularly undergoing screenings.
5# Healthier pregnancy
Good oral health is increasingly important during pregnancy. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to certain oral health conditions, such as periodontal disease, and as such dental hygiene visits are required more than usual. At Michelle Enmark, DDS, our compassionate and professional team can help you protect your oral health, while keeping your overall health and the health of your unborn child in consideration.
6# Better quality of life
Pain and discomfort associated with oral health conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease can impact negatively on your quality of life. Good oral health can help you sleep better, and chew freely, without pain. At Michelle Enmark, DDS we recommend you visit us for a check-up and professional clean every six months, to help you maintain optimal oral health.
Providing excellent dental treatment to the whole family
Children, adults and mature-aged patients have different oral health needs, and our dentists are experienced in providing dental treatment to people in all stages throughout their lives. Michelle Enmark, DDS provide a comprehensive and compassionate approach to dentistry, and are the ideal partners to help you achieve good oral health and maintain your overall health