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Can neglecting your teeth shorten your life?

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There is nothing like a beautiful smile. It grabs our attention and automatically it can make someone appear beautiful.  Teeth definitely add an aesthetic appearance for people, but they are not just there for beauty. Many people neglect their teeth and they do not understand the health risks associated with not properly maintaining their teeth and gums. Most individuals are aware of tarter build up and tooth decay, but what people fail to acknowledge is that if you do not care for your teeth, it can cause health related issues in the body. Plaque and Gum Disease can significantly increase your changes of getting Heart Disease, Diabetes, Dementia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and premature birth. When a person does not take care of their teeth, certain bacteria can enter the bloodstream and damage other organs. Also, inflammation or swelling of the gums can make an individual more susceptible to these diseases. Heart disease is a major cause of death and can lead to a premature death, primarily by risk of having a heart attack. Cardiologists are now beginning to ask their patients about their dental health routine. Everyday, scientists are finding a direct correlation between people who do not care for their teeth and the increase of these illnesses.

 

In addition, our bodies need various vitamins and nutrients. Many of those are distributed evenly throughout our body when we chew. If a person is unable to chew their food correctly (for whatever reason), the human body will actually suffer, therefore leading them to having an overall lower health condition then someone who can chew their food appropriately. One of the most life threatening diseases is sub-acute bacterial endocarditis. This infection can be caused by harmful bacteria transmitted through the bloodstream to the heart. All of these things can come from not caring for your teeth properly. Other common problems associated with lack of caring for your teeth include:

It is essential for us to care for our teeth. Not doing so, can lead to extreme health associated problems in life. The picture above is a demonstration of how to brush your teeth. While this may seem like something everyone should know how to do properly, surprisingly most people do not. To maintain a healthy beautiful smile, brush your teeth at least twice a day, visit your local dentist and floss. The cost of getting dental work can be extremely expensive. However, getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year, will not be anywhere near as expensive as having a root canal done. Taking care of your teeth earlier can help decrease the cost that having unhealthy teeth will create later on. If you cannot afford dental care, there are special programs available that can help with the regular dental check ups. Please check back with us for more details. In the meantime, take care of your beautiful smile. IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!



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