Serving areas of DeBary, Orange City, and Deltona FL
Many people do not realize the strong connection between their mouth and their overall health. Keeping your mouth clean goes far beyond maintaining pearly whites, but it also impacts the health of your entire body. Your Orange City dentist Dr. Terry Soule wants to share with you the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and how ignoring your oral health could have scary health consequences.
According to the Mayo Clinic, our mouths are like a window to our health. The impact that oral bacteria can have on our bodies is profound, and can even mean life or death, literally!
By maintaining a healthy regimen of oral hygiene, which includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you remove the buildup of bacteria and plaque, which are the building blocks of gum disease and tooth decay. Both gum disease and tooth decay are considered active, live infections that occur in the mouth. Sadly, many people walk around every day with these infections and don’t even know it! Would you let an infection elsewhere in your body thrive without seeing a doctor and getting necessary medication to care for it? Probably not, so why do we treat our mouths any different?
Taking good care of your mouth means the following:
- Decrease your risk of heart disease
- Improve your memory
- Decrease your risk of cognitive decline
- Reduce inflammation elsewhere in your body
- Stabilized glucose levels
- Reduced risk of preterm birth and low birth weight in babies (for pregnant women)
Likewise, ignoring your oral health or neglecting to take care of your teeth and gums could have the opposite effect on your body with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes! Yikes! It seems too easy, but you really can safeguard your health just by taking better care of your teeth! Visiting your dentist twice a year should also be on your priority list of maintaining good oral health. Even if you are the most avid brusher and flosser, everyone gets tartar buildup that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Are twice-yearly visits to my dentist really necessary?
Yes! For most healthy individuals, a trip to the dentist once every six months is enough to contribute to good oral health. However, some individuals may actually require more frequent visits. Speak with Dr. Soule about how often you should visit the office for a cleaning and checkup.
What about flossing, do I really have to?
Again, the answer is YES! We get it, flossing can seem downright gross, and for whatever reason, it’s just a step in our daily routine that most of us prefer to skip. But, for the sake of your oral health and the health of your body, just dedicate the one-minute a day it takes to floss your teeth. Think of it as brushing between your teeth. Bacteria easily hide in these areas that otherwise cannot get cleaned. By skipping this vital step, it’s like you miss cleaning 35% of your teeth. You wouldn’t wash only part of your body or some, not all, of your hair when you shower, would you? Teeth shouldn’t be treated any different. If you are deadest on not flossing, speak with Dr. Soule about alternatives for interproximal cleaning that may work better for you.
Dentist in Orange City
We hope this blog helps shed some light on the importance of a healthy mouth. Dr. Soule encourages each of his patients to take the necessary steps to guard their oral health. If you would like to learn more about how to protect the health of your mouth and your body, please contact Terry Soule, DDS, by calling (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.