You want to keep your body healthy, so you get your annual physical like clockwork. When the doctor prescribes medications to keep you in optimal health, you take them as directed.
But what about your oral health? The fact is that if you do not take care of your teeth and gums, you aren't doing everything you can to enjoy good physical health.
The Mouth-Body Connection
In recent years, numerous studies have shown that there is a connection between the health of your mouth and the health of other bodily systems. You may also hear this referred to as the oral-systemic link.
While research in this area continues, existing studies suggest that bacteria in your mouth and the presence of periodontitis (the most severe form of gum disease) might play a role in diseases like
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
Managing Your Oral Health
If you want to enjoy optimal health, you need to be proactive with your oral health. Brush and floss properly, and if you aren’t sure you are doing it correctly, ask your dentist or hygienist for tips.
Plan your semi-annual exams far in advance, block that time on your calendar, and just decide that you are keeping those appointments, no matter what. Your routine dental visits are every bit as crucial as your annual physicals!
During these visits, your East Northport, NY dentist will look for any conditions that need attention and develop a treatment plan to ensure good oral health. We use technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to share information with you so you understand the need for treatment.
Please Call for An Appointment
If you are ready to take control of your oral health, please call Northport Family Dental. We will be happy to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible.