Perhaps it is the links discovered between oral health and your overall health that propelled the change. Alternatively it could be Americans' obsession with beauty. No matter the reason, it’s good news for Americans’ smiles.
Recent studies show that more Americans are taking their oral health seriously and going to the dentist more frequently.
Preventive Treatment Is Affordable
Contrary to what many people think, preventive dentistry is extremely affordable, even for people who do not have dental insurance. Regular dental exams, dental cleanings, and routine x-rays can help keep your smile out of serious trouble.
By staying on top of these appointments, we can detect, diagnose, and treat many oral conditions early before they put your teeth or your health at risk.
Missing even a few dental cleanings can result in the development of periodontal disease, decay, or even bigger problems that can often go undiagnosed, like cracked teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
A dental exam includes an evaluation of your soft tissue. That includes your cheeks, under your tongue, and on the roof of your mouth. Since looking inside your own mouth is difficult, if not impossible, your dentist is often the first to diagnose oral cancer – a particularly dangerous form of cancer.
Of course, as with all types of cancer, early detection improves your prognosis.
Integration of Oral Health into Overall Health Routines
Your mouth is, in fact, a part of your body! It sounds funny to say that, but many people consider dentistry a luxury, even if they never miss a yearly physical with their family doctor. Your oral health impacts nearly every system in the body and can exacerbate existing conditions.
Periodontal disease has links to:
- Heart attacks and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low birth weight in babies born to women with periodontal disease
Invest in yourself and your oral health by scheduling your next dental appointment. If you need a general dentist in Bangor, give us a call. We proudly welcome new patients.