We are going to talk about why it is so important to take care of your teeth…

Okay, so we’ve covered most of the different types of cleanings for your teeth. Now we are going to talk about why it is so important to take care of your teeth.

Common “knowledge” dictates that those little cream colored things in your head are “just teeth”. The only thing that they’re good for is for chewing and pulling out when you have pain. Really simple to just let them rot and not brush my teeth or go to the dentist because it’s going to be a lot of money or I’m too scared to set foot into any dental office.

Did you know that gum disease is connected with heart disease, diabetes and respiratory infections? According to perio.org it does. The main thing is the inflammation that occurs in your mouth contributes to inflammation in other areas of your body. That’s right. Your teeth affect other areas of your body. They aren’t just teeth. What happens in your mouth affects other areas of your body. Taking care of them will help prevent or maintain other physical problems.

Then there’s the matter of letting infections just sit in your mouth. You can die from it. I’ve seen it happen with my own two eyes. My neighbor died from an abscessed tooth. Does it happen often? No, it doesn’t, most people have their teeth removed before that point. But, if it doesn’t make sense to you, then let’s take a small anatomy lesson in your mouth.

You see, there are veins that run through your jaw. The infection in your tooth can spread into the blood stream through these veins. Then if the infection lingers unchecked for long enough, you get serious other problems. The veins in your mouth only flow directly to two places. One obvious place is your head, your mouth is in your head, and it shares a lot of the same veins as your head. The next maybe less obvious place for those of us who hate biology and anatomy is your heart. Once an infection makes it to the heart, it can make it stop. Then we have REAL problems.

These REAL problems can be prevented, just with regular dental care! Yes, I know, the dreaded trips to the dentist can help be good for your overall health, and it can help save your life!