The most dangerous health problems are those that seem insignificant and you might not be inclined to take seriously. The problem is that they can grow and impact your life in ways you never expected. At Dental Excellence of Hatfield, we’ve seen too many cases of this happening. In addition to being more expensive to fix, untreated dental problems can also lead to serious health issues.
With oral hygiene, the main problem for many people is lack of education. We have found that when we share with our patients some of the side effects of poor oral health and give them the tools to practice good homecare habits, their oral health improves. And any dentist in Lansdale, PA will tell you the same thing: Take care of your teeth now, because you’ll never grow new ones.
And there is an added concern. Sure, you can get dentures or implants to replace missing teeth, but unhealthy gums have even deeper ramifications.
From bad breath to heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Bad breath, or halitosis, is often caused by oral bacterial overgrowth. We all have bacteria in our mouths, regardless of how thorough our oral hygiene is. And it is these bacteria that create an acidic environment, each time food is being chewed … and for up to 20 minutes after eating. Not brushing regularly will allow these bacteria to create the acids that break down the tooth’s enamel, infiltrate through the inner layer of dentin, and reach the tooth’s pulp inside.
At the same time, colonies of bacteria will grow at the base of the teeth, right below the gum, where they will slowly, but surely, build up into plaque and emanate a foul smell. As every dentist in Lansdale, PA knows, this will lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis) and, eventually, to gum infections (periodontitis).
And there are few things that are more deceiving and more dangerous than a gum infection. Known as the “silent killer,” advanced gum disease is connected to a number of systemic health issues … including heart disease.
Scientists are routinely finding more connections between the chronic inflammation of gum disease and other systemic diseases including, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Smiling More Often
Protecting your family from health problems may be the number one reason to attend regular dental appointments, but it’s not the only one. We, as human beings, have learned to treasure esthetics as well.
We love to wear makeup, fancy clothes, be in shape, have different haircuts and, on top of that, to display beautiful, clean smiles. A white, healthy, straight smile can raise our confidence more than anything else, allowing us to become more sociable and appear more likable.
As your dentist in Lansdale, PA, we are both a health provider and a life changer. Dental Excellence of Hatfield is proud to help our neighbors adopt a healthier, happier lifestyle, with a beautiful healthy smile.Dentist Lansdale Pa
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