At Staten Island Dental Care, the dental health of each of our patients always comes first. Too often dental health is not taken seriously enough, even by people who should know better. Our goal is to prevent issues like tooth decay before they ever get started.
A healthy mouth helps to prevent:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Bad breath
Those are three pretty good reasons. But there are other really good reasons why you should make brushing and flossing your teeth a practice you wouldn’t dream of skipping.
Poor dental hygiene may put you at greater risk of the following:
- Heart attack
You may wonder: why does my mouth have so much to do with my overall health? If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the mouth is a window to the rest of your body.
An examination of the mouth, and saliva in particular, can reveal the presence of systemic conditions such as AIDS and diabetes. Incredible as it may seem, more than ninety percent of systemic diseases reveal themselves in the mouth. Saliva testing can also reveal the presence of environmental toxins that indicate hepatitis and other serious illnesses.
Brushing and flossing may not help you ward off systemic conditions, but they can be detected by a dental exam.
We’ll wrap up this post with a predictable reminder: never go to bed without brushing and flossing your teeth first. Remember to brush for at least two minutes and to thoroughly brush the inside and outside of your teeth. And don’t forget your tongue!
At Staten Island Dental Care, we want all our patients to have happy mouths – in other words, good dental health. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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