The state of oral health can have a direct bearing on the overall health of a person.  To determine this, regular visits to a dentist are recommended.  Doing this is beneficial in the following ways.

  1. It is a good way of preventing serious teeth problems
  2. It is a good way of spotting other health issues. An oral examination can reveal problems such as candida infection which in turn could be a pointer to a more serious problem such as diabetes.
  3. It is a good way of identifying early oral cancer. Mouth cancers can progress fast and early diagnosis is important in their treatment.
  4. It helps you save money. Seeing a dentist will help you to avoid emergency oral care measures which are usually more expensive to manage.
  5. It helps you to keep your natural teeth. Losing a tooth and replacing it with a denture will never serve you as the natural one would and the feel will never be the same.
  6. It helps you to keep bad breath away. Bad breath can affect your social and career life not to mention your marriage relationship.
  7. Seeing a dentist regularly helps you to keep your mouth healthy. Poor oral health increases risk of heart disease, dementia and diabetes among other systemic health problems.

Good oral health starts with a good nutrition. Low sugar diet and more fruits and vegetables are good for this. Daily brushing with the right type of brush and regular flossing are good practices that should be maintained between visits to the dentist.  Visiting a dentist at least once every six months is a good frequency.

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