The Importance of Keeping Up with Oral Health as You Age
Many people view trips to the dentist as a necessary evil, something we only do so our smiles look nice. As we get older and time inevitably takes its toll on our smile, some choose to see their dentist less often – or stop altogether!
Your family dentist in Monroe, MI wants you to know why this matters.
Oral Health – Beyond Esthetics
While having an attractive smile is good incentive for many, the truth is that oral health goes far beyond esthetics. As you age, this is even more important because your oral health is often a “mirror” of your overall health.
Every system in your body is interconnected, and what affects one affects all. This includes the system of your mouth – your teeth, soft tissues, and the periodontal bone.
The Oral-Systemic Link
Researchers have recently discovered a powerful connection between periodontal health and a number of serious systemic conditions. This connection has been referred to as the Oral-Systemic Link.
Did you know that your gum health actually affects conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease – and vice versa?
While the exact mechanism of this connection is still unknown, the likely culprit appears to be the bacteria that contribute to the infection and inflammation of periodontal disease. If you have one of these systemic conditions, deteriorating oral health can exacerbate symptoms and complications of these conditions. If you don’t currently have these conditions, your risk for developing them is increased if you have periodontal disease. And if you don’t have periodontal disease, these conditions – and many others – can increase your risk of developing it. It’s a vicious cycle, and ongoing dental care throughout your life can help break it.
Excellent Dental Care for a Lifetime
At Kuras Dental Health Associates, we are proud to provide exceptional dental care to patients of all ages. We understand your unique needs – regardless of which stage of life you are in – and we are dedicated to building lasting relationships based on trust and respect.
Call today to schedule an appointment!