How Does Your Dental Health Affect Your Overall Health?

Your mouth affects your health in a couple different ways. For instance, if you have discomfort in your mouth that makes it impossible for you to eat well,  then poor dental health will directly affect you nutritionally. On the other hand, let’s assume that you’re eating fine and everything feels fine, but you just don’t like the way that your teeth look, this could be a major self esteem issue that has you become the type of person that never smiles. So poor oral health may be something that affects you psychologically, and affects your overall happiness as a person.

Poor dental health, whether it be functionally or aesthetically, can affect you in many ways. Think about the number of people in this country that suffer from obesity, for example, and let’s assume that they are not able to eat real well. What do they do?

Typically they eat food that is easy to swallow and easy to digest, but are not necessarily the healthiest things to eat. In this particular case, those people suffering from poor dental health absolutely affects their inability to consistently eat healthy.

There are a lot of situations, a lot of medical situations that could occur because of infections in your mouth that can affect other parts of your body including your heart. So, your overall health can be affected dramatically from poor oral health.  Luckily, today, we don’t see too many individuals who suffer from really poor dental health, but this is why we advise coming in for a thorough dental exam routinely (every 6 months is best).

So in order to be sure your oral and dental health is where it needs to be on a consistent basis, do yourself a favor and visit your dentist for a routine dental exam every six months. You’ll be happy you did.

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