How your dental health problems are a reflection of your overall health.
Most people are completely unaware how closely tied are dental health problems to overall health issues. In fact, you could say your mouth is a window to your health in many ways. Thousands of studies have linked the health of your mouth to the rest of your body.
Although it seems almost silly to say that lack of brushing your teeth can cause poor health – it really is true. Studies point to the facts that failing to brush twice daily may be increasing the risk of heart disease and advanced gun disease can actually raise your heart attack rate by a factor of 10! There is a 7 times higher chance of type 2 diabetes with those who have gum disease and the list goes on and on.
Poor oral health and dental health problems can lead to bad breath, pneumonia, and even kidney disease!
There are two parts to solving dental health problems and maintaining healthy gums and teeth. The biggest piece is diet. As your Mom told you – you are what you eat! How you clean your teeth is also extremely important. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once goes a long way to keeping away dental health problems.
Flossing is thought to be even more important than brushing as it removes the bacteria hiding between the teeth and in the gums which is where the plaque (that turns to tartar) hides. Tartar leads to tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. The scary numbers are that one third of Americans never floss their teeth!
Here are some more crazy numbers:
1 out of 5 – Americans that do not brush their teeth twice a day.
32% percent of U.S. adults over the age of 30 never floss.
This is not rocket science. It is not cost prohibitive. It is not painful. It takes little time and effort.
And brushing and flossing are the keys to solving dental health problems before they ever begin! Please join the group of Americans that get the job done – or come see Dr. Abeyta in her office!