Your Teeth Are More Important Than You Think
Did you know 47% of people first notice your smile when they meet you? That’s right – it is statistically more than eyes, clothes or hair. This means the health of your teeth plays a crucial part in communication. A surprising number of people tend to write it off, which only goes to show it is important to discuss how your teeth are more important than you think.
How precious are our teeth?
To many people, taking care of their teeth is a matter of appearance – they tend to count on the aesthetic quality, and if they are not satisfied, artificial prosthetics tend to become a go-to solution. Even though this is a viable option, it misses a point. We only get two sets of our own teeth in a lifetime – baby teeth and permanent teeth – and their health has a far-reaching impact on our overall wellbeing.
If your two strings of marbles are in a top-notch condition, they will be the hardest part of your entire body. They are also something that makes you unique, just like fingerprints – no two people have the identical set of teeth. If you don’t take care of them, their bad condition can lead to health issues such as osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.
How realistic is the fear of disease?
Cardiovascular disease sounds like a vague tangent to your teeth, but it hits closer to home than you’re probably aware. Chronic gum disease is the real issue here – harmful bacteria from infected gums can spread into the bloodstream and attach to blood vessels to aid in clot formation.
Additionally, the same gum problems can potentially affect glucose control in your bloodstream and contribute to the triggering of diabetes. The breeding ground of bacteria in your mouth can end up in your lungs which leads to respiratory diseases like bronchitis or even emphysema.
This fact might come as a shock, but plaque bacteria can encourage the production of progesterone, and higher levels can lead to periodontal disease and gingivitis in pregnant women. In this case, the best case scenario is a prematurely born baby with a noticeably low birth weight.
How much help can I expect from the professionals?
Unhealthy teeth can lead to a veritable minefield of diseases, which means it is crucial to pay regular visits to the dentist no matter how uncomfortable they make you. As many as quarter of adults admit they have not visited their dentist over the course of two years. This is a discouraging statistic as we should go for a checkup at least once every six months.
These visits can end up being harmless, but if the state of a single tooth or, worst case scenario, the entire jaw, requires immediate intervention, stalling can be danger