Why Oral Health is Important

April 2, 2021 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Speaking Ability & Smile

Before we get into the more medical issues of why maintaining good oral hygiene is important, let’s talk about talking, yes that’s right, talking. There’s a lot of dental problems that can affect your ability to talk, and this directly impacts your self-confidence and success in virtually all areas of life. 

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If you can’t communicate effectively, your ability to gain new skills and accomplish big achievements is significantly limited. Better dental hygiene is a huge tool if you want to have more self-confidence.

Your smile is similar to your ability to talk. Your self-confidence is directly impacted by your smile. The better your smile, the more likely other people are going to like you and chances are you’ll like yourself more too. 

A good smile is attractive. Everyone wants to feel and know they look good and your smile is a big part of that. Not to mention, smiling brightens your day and everyone’s who sees it. 

Oral health often points to the health of other body parts

The quality of your oral health often points to other health problems in your body. For example, diabetics are more likely to have gum disease and more severe gum disease than people without diabetes. 

Conditions like pneumonia and endocarditis (when the inner lining of your heart’s valves/chambers become infected) happen when bacteria from a different part of your body make their way to areas of your heart and lungs where it shouldn’t be. 

The good news is your body uses saliva as a natural defense to keep bacterial growth in check. However, some medicines like pain-killers, decongestants, and antihistamines can reduce saliva production bringing down that natural defense. This isn’t the only way saliva can be reduced so you need other ways to maintain your oral health.

Brushing at least twice a day, using mouthwash, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of high sugar foods/beverages is a great start to reclaim or maintain your oral health. Feel free to schedule an appointment with us as one of our dentists may see something indicative of another health situation.

Avoid oral diseases and other painful issues

Last but certainly not least, oral health is important so you avoid pain, discomfort, and deterioration/decay. Unlike a lot of body parts, the human body doesn’t replace adult teeth. This is why it’s important to take care of them because they’re literally the only ones you have.

However, there are alternatives if, for whatever reason, you find yourself in need of a new pair of chompers. Taking care of your mouth is just as important, and maybe even more so, as taking care of any other body part. Being healthy and feeling well is better than unhealthy and in pain.

No one enjoys getting cavities filled, having root canals, or any other similar procedure, but if you need one, it’s better to get it done sooner so it doesn’t become an even bigger problem later. When you keep your mouth healthy, you help keep the rest of your body healthy. 

Ready for an Appointment? 

Our dentists in Shelby Charter Township, MI, are ready to help you have a smile you can be proud of. To schedule an appointment, call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222. You may also fill out our online contact form.

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