Yeah, you read that title correctly. Dentistry saves lives, and it’s not an overstatement.
How? We’ll get to that shortly. First, consider this…
Research continues to show that a person’s oral health has direct links to the status of their overall health, especially the heart. This is known as the oral-systemic link, and it’s the main reason why dentistry is more important than ever.
Our mouths are havens for bacteria and that bacteria can wreak havoc in other parts of the body as well by traveling through the blood stream. Oral bacteria has been shown to contribute to diabetes, kidney disease, and even pulmonary disease, among others. As you may know, early detection offers the best chances for prevention and treatment of almost every ailment, illness, and disease, and your dentist can be an invaluable asset for detecting potential problems that begin in the mouth.
There’s even a recent documentary, Say Aah!, about oral health and the oral systemic link.
Check out the trailer for it below:
Here’s Your Answer
So, back to the original question. How does dentistry save lives? Here’s how:
1. A simple visit to the dentist for a checkup can reveal signs of a bigger problem that can begin in your mouth.
2. Dental cleanings help fight bacteria that spreads throughout your body. They also allow for thorough cleaning that a toothbrush and floss simply can’t do alone.
3. Your dentist can test for oral cancer, a deadly disease which could otherwise go undetected.
Bonus: Want to help spread some breast cancer awareness? A study among 3,000 women showed a strong correlation between periodontal disease and breast cancer. So tell the women in your life to pick up the floss and keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings.
So the next time you think about skipping flossing or a trip to the dentist, think about the impact it could have on your entire well-being, not just your dental health. You may even consider that dentistry just saved your life just now by educating you about this and prompting you to take better steps to care for your oral health. The more you know…
For more information about this, just ask your Burke VA dentist Dr. Mcmillan during your next visit with us.