It is of the utmost importance that you take care of your teeth and gums, if you want to be healthy. There are a lot of reasons why this is the case, and they actually come down to more than just preventing the onset of periodontal disease and cavities. In many ways, your oral health is linked to all of the other elements of your health, including your immune system, digestive system and even your circulatory system. In fact, having better oral hygiene is linked to lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. This is one of many reasons why you need to maintain regular family dentistry appointments.
Dental checkups are important. For one thing, going to the dentist a couple times a year helps to ensure that you if you do develop any oral healthy conditions, you will be able to begin treating them as quickly as possible. This will minimize symptoms and prevent the condition from having a chance to get exacerbated. In terms of the most common conditions that are directly connected to your oral health, there are two main ones. The first is periodontal disease, which is can be a pretty serious gum infection. Periodontal disease has to do with your oral hygiene, and it is often a result of not brushing or flossing the gums well enough or often enough. It has the potential to be a major problem, though, for a few reasons. First of all, periodontal disease affects the gum tissue, which is all very sensitive and interconnected. That means that it will likely affect all of your gum tissue at once, rather than just one area at a time. This could potentially put all of your teeth at the mercy of gum disease, if you do not stop it from worsening. This is one reason why every family dentist is such a big advocate of brushing and flossing the gums, as well as the teeth.
Cavities are a bit different. Because they affect the teeth, rather than the gum tissue, they are more compartmentalized. This means that just because you have a cavity in one tooth does not mean you will have one in another. This is also why cavities do not usually spread from tooth to tooth. That being said, if your oral hygiene regimen is not so good, there is a chance you will develop multiple cavities at at time. If you do have a cavity, it is obviously a good idea to improve your oral hygiene regimen, but if the cavity has already formed, you will also need to get a filling. A filling is a relatively quick and easy procedure in which the cavity portion of the tooth is drilled out and replaced with a plaster filling. The filling dries very quickly. and the tooth is more or less back to normal. This is good because if a cavity gets bad enough, it can result in the loss of the tooth, and then dental implants become necessary.