A Healthy Mouth Equals a Healthy Body
If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle, are you also committed to healthy teeth and gums for oral health and overall health?
According to Xceptional Dental, oral health is just as important as overall health. In fact, your mouth is considered the entry to the rest of your body making oral hygiene vital for both oral and overall health.
The Overall and Oral Health Relationship
Everything you put in your mouth will eventually go to the rest of your body. It makes sense that if you eat something it goes to your stomach and so on and so forth. However, if you have unhealthy teeth and gums food particles and bacteria will end up where they don’t belong.
Periodontal Disease and Oral Health
Dr. Janette Larsen from Xceptional Dental explains that periodontal disease is a severe form of incurable gum disease. Unlike gingivitis, this is curable; peridontitis eats away at the gumline causing pockets between your gumline and the roots of your teeth. A sure sign of periodontitis is root erosion and loose teeth.
Once those pockets begin, food debris and bacteria will make their way into your blood stream. This will eventually end up in the valves of your heart. It is interesting to note that people with heart disease are twice as likely to suffer from periodontal disease.
Comprehensive Exams and Oral Cancer Screenings
People who suffer from gingivitis and periodontal disease must schedule more frequent dental checkups to either cure it, as in the case of gingivitis, or control it, as in the case of periodontitis.
Regular dental checkups in San Diego also mean regular comprehensive dental checkups that include an oral cancer screening.
Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April is the best time to schedule a comprehensive dental checkup in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. While it is important to take note of anything unusual going on in your mouth year round, April reinforces the matter reminding you to make your annual dental appointment with your dentist in San Diego.
When detected in the early stages, people diagnosed with oral cancers have an up to 90 percent survival rate compared to people in the later stages whose life expectancy is at best five years.
Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening for Oral Health
When you schedule an oral cancer screening with Xceptional Dental your lips, tongue, mouth, cheeks, gums, neck, head, lymph nodes and the back of your neck are checked for anything abnormal.
Dr. Larsen will also make sure you don’t have any bumps or lumps, growths, scaly patches or discolored spots inside of your mouth.
Celebrate Oral Cancer Awareness Month with an Appointment
Get the all clear and keep your oral and overall health in check with a dental appointment.