It’s the month of Thanksgiving and we’re feeling grateful for our oral health. There are a lot of reasons you should be thankful for having a healthy smile, ranging from cosmetic reasons to how it affects your overall health. This Thanksgiving, Dr. Niles is here to discuss the benefits of having a healthy mouth.
4 Reasons to be Grateful for Your Oral Health
When life gets busy, we can forget to be thankful for our health — especially our oral health. While it’s not something we think about often when we’re not having problems, oral health plays an important role in keeping us healthy and confident year-round. Here are 4 reasons to be grateful for your oral health:
Oral health can improve your appearance
It’s no surprise that we feel more confident when we’re happy with the way we look — and the appearance of our smile is no exception. You, and the people around, see your teeth multiple times a day. Whether you catch a glimpse of your smile when you take a selfie or laugh around your family, your teeth are at the center of your expression. When you’re not happy with your smile, it can bring your mood down and negatively affect your self confidence. If you’re not happy with the way your teeth look, you can work towards gratefulness by making an appointment with Dr. Niles. Common things that can be done to improve your smile, according to the American Dental Association, are:
- Teeth whitening to cover up surface stains and brighten your teeth
- Crowns to cover discolored teeth and make your teeth stronger
- Veneers to cover the front side of your teeth
- Bonding to help restore the natural look of your teeth
- Braces to help straighten teeth and correct crooked or crowded smiles
- Implants to help replace missing teeth
- Brushing and flossing to keep your mouth healthy, prevent stains, and improve your oral health
- Visiting your dentist regularly to check for signs of cavities and other oral health problems
Oral health can boost your immune system
Your oral health can serve as a window to your overall health. If you have a healthy smile, another reason to be grateful is for how it can boost your immune system. Especially in today’s day and age, having a strong immune system is important to fight infection and disease. Mayo Clinic explains that, like other areas of the body, the mouth has bacteria. While most bacteria found in the mouth is harmless, your mouth can be the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts — and some of these bacteria can lead to disease. Brushing and flossing helps protect your oral health, which in turn can protect your overall health.
Oral health can protect your heart health
Over the years, researchers have found a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Gum disease begins when plaque isn’t properly removed from the teeth. People with plaque have been shown to be two to three times more likely of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious heart problems. If you have good oral health, be thankful for the fact that you’re doing a lot for your heart health too. Many people who do have heart problems have healthy teeth, and many people with gum disease don’t ever develop heart issues, however, the small link is enough to be sure you’re working to have a proper oral hygiene routine.
Oral health can help reduce the likelihood of future dental problems
Having good oral health can reduce the likelihood of future dental problems. By brushing and flossing each day, and seeing your dentist regularly, you are less likely to develop dental issues like cavities and gum diseases. Further, skipping the dentist could mean not catching dental problems early on, which can result in more expensive and intensive dental work in the future.
Make an Appointment with Dr. Niles and Niles Family Dentistry
If you are having any dental issues, or if it has been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, make an appointment with Dr. Niles today. We believe there is nothing more beautiful than a healthy smile — and that a healthy smile is a lot to be thankful for! Call our team for an appointment today at (720)-744-0001.