We all want to look our best with Valentine’s Day coming up, but a brilliant smile may have more benefits than simply leaving a good first impression.
Did you know that your mouth provides a window to your overall health? According to Mayo Clinic, tooth decay and gum infections may reveal deeper problems.
When harmful bacteria grow out of control in your mouth, they create inflammation of the gum tissues. This also produces an environment for bacteria to more easily enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation elsewhere. That is why tooth decay and gum disease may not only be oral health issues, but also indicators of deeper problems such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart)
- Cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries, heart attack, stroke)
Dakota Dental family dentistry believes it is important to look at the factors that impact overall health and not just oral health. From giving up tobacco to decreasing sugary snacks to eating healthfully and drinking plenty of water, your Dakota Dental family dentists are ready to offer suggestions for improving total health. Dakota Dental’s team of dentists in Apple Valley also recommends that people brush and floss daily and schedule regular dental services, including checkups.
During this month of romance, take time to show some loving care for your mouth – and overall health. Call Dakota Dental to schedule a dental care appointment. From general dental services such as cleaning and checkups to emergency dental work, Dakota Dental is ready to serve every member of your family. Additionally, for those who may not love their smiles, Dakota Dental offers cosmetic dentistry smile makeovers including laser tooth whitening, dental implants, and Invisalign invisible braces.
Taking care of your teeth and gums alone may not prevent heart disease and other health problems, but an investment in your oral health is an investment in your overall health.