Taking care of your smile is important to ensuring, not only your dental health but, your physical health as well. Brushing and flossing is only the start to making sure that your smile will last a lifetime. It is also critically important that you visit the dentist on a regular basis. Visiting your dentist can provide an opportunity for your cosmetic dental team to fix any problems right away. Here are 4 risks you run when not taking care of your smile:
1. Losing your teeth. Once a tooth has to be pulled you are more likely to lose other teeth. Further damage once a tooth is lost includes your arch caving in and your cheeks will sink in. Your teeth will also move together to cover up the spot of the missing tooth.
2. Decreased overall health. It may be difficult to consume food you love or that is healthy due to dental pain, problems or missing teeth.
3. Depression. You may find that you do not enjoy smiling if you do not love your smile. As you smile less, it is more likely that you will develop symptoms of sadness or depression.
4. Recent studies have also found a link between Pneumonia and dental bacteria.
We want to make sure you always have a healthy smile you love to show off to friends and family and that keeps you moving forward in your life. For more information on how to keep your smile healthy, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.