Can Going To The Dentist Affect Your Overall Health?


From a young age we are told that it is important to brush your teeth and go to the dentist regularly. Sometimes it is easy to accept this without question, but other times it seems ridiculous. Children often fail to see the importance of taking care of their teeth, but childhood is not the only time someone might question whether or not taking care of your teeth is really important. As you progress further into adulthood, you find that you do not have much free time to schedule dentist appointments. You might also find that you get home so late some days that you forget to brush your teeth before bed. These are the times you might ask yourself, can my teeth affect my health? As a matter of fact, they can. Healthy teeth help to keep your breath fresh, your teeth white, and your whole mouth healthy. On the other hand, a bad tooth can cause problems, not just in your mouth, but throughout your body. Because of this, it is incredibly important to take excellent care of your teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, but it also means going to the dentist regularly. Yes, going to the dentist on a regular basis can have an affect on your health and here is how.

Consider for a moment what your mouth endures daily. Of course, there is all of the food and drinks that consume during a day which can stain teeth, wear away enamel, and other similar problems. Of course, if you are caring for your teeth the way you should be and constantly consuming the damaging foods and drinks, this is the least of your concerns. Now, consider all of the things that you touch with your hands during the day. Why is what you touch relevant to your teeth? Simple, how many times during the day do you touch your mouth? A few examples include when using a napkin, if you see a shocking news story, when you are thinking, resting your face in your hands, rubbing your face, and many others. Also, many people bite or chew their fingernails. Now, think about all of the germs that you pick up from the things that you touch during the day. If you have not just washed your hands, all of those germs go to your mouth. Also, if you have a significant other or head out on a casual date, you will, more than likely, engage in mouth to mouth kissing. Now, think of all the germs that you picked up getting transferred to your partner and vice versa. This is not meant to keep you from ever touching your mouth or kissing your partner. Rather, this is to show how vital good mouth hygiene is to a healthy life. For more information on this subject, contact your dentist right away. If you do not have a dentist, look for one in your area and reach out. There are often several options available. If you are looking for a Las Vegas dentist, for example, you will find that you have some fantastic offices to choose from.

To keep your mouth and your body happy and healthy, there are a few things that you must do. One of these things is to create a daily routine. Everyone has a different schedule and what works best for one person, may not work at all for another. It is important to find a routine that will consistently work for you and your life. For example, someone who works a 9-5 job is more likely to be able to brush before going to work and before bed. This does not mean that this is the schedule that you must adhere to is you work a 9-5 job, rather it is an example. On the other hand, someone who works the night shift may find it easier to brush before going to work and at some point during the day before or after resting. The point is, every person must find what works for them and stick with it. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day, so find a way to fit that into your day, however you can. Also, you need to be flossing and using a good mouth rinse in a addition to brushing. Using mouth rinse once or twice per day, around the same time you brush will make it easier to remember. You should swish the mouth rinse between 30 and 60 seconds. It is preferable to always do 60 seconds, but some people find this hard to do. In these cases, no less than 30 seconds or the rinse will not have time to kill the germs and bacteria. As far as flossing goes, this should be done multiple times per day. You can certainly add flossing into your brushing routine, but it is a good idea to utilize floss at other times during the day as well. Any time, after eating a meal is a good time to floss.


The next step to keeping both your mouth and your body healthy is going to the dentist. Yes, this is entirely necessary as a dentist can help in ways nothing you do at home can. It is important to visit the dentist for both maintenance and repair. The recommended frequency at which you should see your dentist for a check us, is every 6 months. Of course, depending on your exact needs, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits. Everyone is busy and it often seems impossible to make time for things like a dentist appointment, but if you do not make time for check ups, you are more likely to need repairs. Repairs, when they do arise, need to be taken care of as soon as possible, before it turns into an even bigger problem. For example, if a tooth becomes infected and you do not have it seen about quickly, that infection can spread to other parts of the body. There are many variables that determine where and how it will spread, but the infection can go anywhere. Some common places include the throat, the ears, and the brain. While it is not fun to have an infection anywhere, you especially do not want it to go somewhere such as the brain. Also, an infection, left untreated, can turn into sepsis which has the potential to be life threatening.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Your dental health does impact your overall health and most people don’t realize it. I’m guilty of neglecting my oral health and my medications has made it worse. I’ve been fearful of the dentist since a child. Not sure why but it makes me nervous.

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