It’s been said many times, many ways, by many people that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. It’s also been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
With that in mind, we want to encourage you and your family to do all that you can to keep your healthy smiles for many years to come.
At the office of Charles F. Betts, Jr., DMD, we want you to keep all your teeth as healthy as they can be for as long as possible. If something does happen to one, a few, or even all of your teeth, we do offer a variety of restorative services to get your oral health back on track.
Knowing this, we hope to see you a couple times in the coming year. Call 256-274-8680 now to schedule your next appointment at our Decatur, AL dental office.
Oral Health & Overall Health
Good oral health should be considered part of your overall health. This is a two-way street. An unhealthy mouth can lead to overall health issues. Likewise, some systemic health problems can affect your mouth.
Let’s start with a big one — heart disease.
We aren’t trying to be scary. We just want you to understand how serious we are about helping you understand the value of maintaining your oral health.
You already have bacteria in your mouth. Some of these bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing daily along with regular professionals cleanings and exams can keep the bad bacteria under control.
At the same time, having advanced gum disease raises your risk of cardiovascular and heart health issues, including heart attacks. The same bacteria that cause gum infections has been found in the hearts of patients with heart problems.
People with diabetes also should be aware of their oral health. Having diabetes can lead to dry mouth, which is a good environment for the bad bacteria that live there. That raises your risk of cavities and periodontal disease.
At the same time, having periodontal problems can make it more difficult to maintain your blood sugar levels.
Teeth & Nutrition
Of course, you also know that your teeth are where your digestive process begins. Biting and chewing your food is where you begin to break it down so your body can get the nutrition that you need.
When you have unhealthy teeth or you are missing teeth, you may not be able to eat the foods that you want to eat. Maybe more specifically, you may not be able to eat the variety of foods that health experts recommend that we eat.
As a result, you may not be getting the full nutrition that you need to stay healthy for years to come.
This is why replacing missing teeth with dental implants can make a real difference in your long-term health. With implant-supported dentures, bridges, or crowns, you can restore practically all of your biting power. This means you can eat a wide variety of foods and get the full nutrition your body needs.
Visit Us Soon
In addition to helping with your oral care, our team at Dr. Betts’s office in Decatur can answer your questions about oral health. We want to help you make good decisions that keep you smiling for a long time.