4 Reasons to be Thankful For Your Dental Health 

Are you thankful for the health of your smile? Thanksgiving is almost here, which means we’re thinking about all we’re thankful for this year. At Young Family Dental, we believe that there are many reasons you should be thankful for your dental health! Here are our top 4 reasons to be thankful for a healthy smile this year. 

The Importance of Dental Health 

Your smile is important, and so is taking care of it! Did you know that dental health affects your overall health?  It does! Oral health affects your heart, your gums and your overall physical and mental well-being. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your dental health by brushing and flossing daily and scheduling regular cleanings and exams with Young Family Dental.

The Effects of Poor Dental Health

Poor dental health can lead to a myriad of overall health problems, which is why it is important to maintain a healthy smile no matter your age. Mayo Clinic explains the effects that poor dental health can have on your body:

  • Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries, and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
  • Pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontitis (severe gum disease) has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

While having good dental health may not prevent these conditions from occurring altogether, it could help lower your risk.  

4 Reasons to be Thankful For Your Dental Health 

1. Peace of mind 

By having a healthy, beautiful smile that makes you feel confident, you will likely find yourself feeling more secure about yourself. Not only that, but not worrying about your oral health can also help relieve stress and provide peace of mind. 

2. Healthier lifestyle 

A healthy mouth means healthier teeth and gums. By maintaining good dental health habits, you’ll likely also be taking care of yourself in other aspects of your life as well. By improving your overall health, you are ensuring that you will have a happier and more fulfilling lifestyle. 

3. More money in your pocket

You may not think about it often, but you will likely be spending more on dental care than you realize. Without good dental health, you’ll need to make regular visits to the dentist for treatments, which can add up quickly. Additionally, poor dental health can lead to conditions like gingivitis, which can cause gum disease that will require treatment. These treatments could be costly over time.

4. More confidence

Are you thankful for your smile? When it comes to oral health, prevention is key. If you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime, maintain good dental health habits throughout the year so you don’t need to worry about cavities or gum disease. By ensuring that your teeth are healthy, you can enjoy wearing a big smile this Thanksgiving!

At Home Hips for Dental Health  

If you’re wondering what you can do for your dental health, there’s a lot you can do from the comfort of your own home. Follow these tips to begin to take better care of your smile:

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush twice daily.
  • Floss once per day.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat a healthy, well-rounded diet.
  • Use a mouthwash.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for regular dental exams, oral cancer screenings, and professional cleaning.

Be Thankful For Your Smile with Young Family Dental

We are thankful for your dental health, so we want to help you stay that way. That’s why Young Family Dental offers preventive care procedures that can help keep your smile healthy and strong! At the end of this thankful month, we hope that you continue to be thankful for your smile and all of its benefits. If you aren’t feeling like you have a happy and healthy smile, make an appointment at one of our Young Family Dental locations today! Our team would love to help you achieve a smile you’re proud of.