04 Mar 5 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Oral Health
Many oral health conditions are preventable with home care and routine visits to our holistic dentist for cleanings and checkups. When patients neglect to practice proper and thorough oral hygiene and skip visits to our practice, they place their oral health at grave risk. Neglecting one’s oral health can lead to the development of chronic and debilitating diseases that can ravage a person’s well-being.
From tooth decay to periodontal (gum) disease, our team can help patients protect their oral health. We offer a comprehensive approach by taking general health into account as well. We practice mercury free dentistry and provide an array of services to prevent and manage disease.
One obvious result of neglecting one’s oral health is the development of dental caries (tooth decay). Caries must be treated professionally since the tooth will not heal on its own. Without professional intervention, tooth decay can turn into a painful infection of a tooth and greatly affect oral function. Since we practice mercury free dentistry, patients with dental caries can enjoy restorations that look and function like natural tooth structure.
Neglected teeth can become weak and even brittle. When patients do not control the growth of oral bacteria with thorough oral hygiene or receive professional cleanings on a regular basis, acid released by bacteria along with plaque and tartar buildup can weaken tooth enamel (the protective coating around teeth). Weak and damaged enamel makes teeth vulnerable to cracking, chipping, and decay.
Tooth loss commonly affects those who neglect their oral health. Missing teeth greatly affects a person’s well-being by decreasing oral function and altering one’s appearance. Moreover, replacing lost teeth is expensive.
Periodontal disease often develops when patients neglect brushing and flossing their teeth. The buildup of plaque and tartar collects on the gum line and irritates the gingiva. Periodontal disease destroys the entire oral health system when left untreated.
Oral Disease Affects Overall Well-being
A lot of research has been devoted to exploring the link between oral health and overall well-being. Research has found that conditions like gum disease have increased the risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.
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