Any dentist will tell you that dental care is important, but what we might not explain is exactly WHY dental care is important. Though you see a different doctor for your physical health than you do for your oral health, much of what your dentist does is connected to your overall health.
The most common reason for visiting the dentist is for teeth cleaning. And while professional dental cleanings are a great way to keep your smile bright, they are also vitally important to your health. Cleanings are the dentist’s opportunity to assess your dental health and detect problems that may also affect your general health.
A dentist can tell a lot about you and your health by looking at your mouth. Things like bad breath and the colour of your tongue can be indications of health issues that may be affecting your entire body. The level of buildup on your teeth (plaque, tartar, etc.) can be an indication of how healthy and balanced your diet is.
Here are a few more examples of how your dental health and your overall health are connected:
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