When it comes to your family’s health, you have many goals, fears, and concerns to keep in mind--and there may be important things that you’ve pushed to the back burner for too long.
Whether you’re selecting an insurance plan, saving for healthcare expenses, or scheduling appointments into your busy life, making time for dental care is essential for your family’s well-being. Here are 4 reasons to make dental health a top priority as you plan for your family’s care.
1. Dental problems can affect your overall health. Research has shown that oral health and general health are closely linked. For one, your mouth is a main portal of entry for bacteria and viruses--any infection, decay, or inflammation gives germs a better chance of entering your body.
Also, if your immune system is constantly working to fight even low-level inflammation in your mouth, it has fewer resources to keep the rest of your body working at its peak. Even if you don't notice a problem, it's still possible to have painless decay or gingivitis that compromises your health.
2. Damaged or decayed teeth can hurt your self-confidence. Don’t underestimate the effect that your teeth have on your quality of life.
It’s easy to write it off as simple vanity, but the state of your teeth can truly affect your image and your confidence in both social and professional situations. Keeping them in top shape is one of the best things you can do to support your overall self-esteem.
3. Tooth pain can interfere with your quality of life. Whether it’s fear of dental work or of the bill that comes afterward, there are reasons why you might try to live with tooth pain longer than you should.
Chronic tooth pain can cause general irritability, difficulty getting adequate nutrition or enjoying your favorite foods, and an increased risk of more significant health problems. Catching and treating dental problems early prevents them from wreaking havoc in your life and prevents the need for bigger dental bills down the line.
4. A lifetime of good dental care helps you age gracefully. Our teeth change as we age--that’s a given. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still look white and healthy.
Whether your teeth are all-natural or you've had some or all of them replaced, caring for the teeth you have is one of the best things you can do to take years off your appearance and keep you looking youthful.