From the moment you’re born the world around you and the people in it shape your life. Your values, your personality, and your lifestyle are all a part of how you’re brought up. A big part of that is your attitude toward your health and dental care. Study after study shows that children brought up in homes that don’t emphasize seeing the dentist regularly don’t usually do it as adults either.
Not seeing the dentist is a sure-fire way to end up with serious oral health problems. Regular preventive dental care is as essential to your overall health as regular trips to the doctor. You don’t necessarily want to wait until something is wrong to get an exam: you want to catch problems before they’re serious.
We’re firm believers in proactive dentistry at Northwest Dental Group. We want our patients to make dental care a part of their lives from the day they are born to until they’re raising children and grandchildren of their own.
Starting Early Is Essential
That first dental appointment around your child’s first birthday is an essential part of their lives, and can set the tone for their health decades down the road. Children who start seeing the dentist early grow up to have healthier mouths, longer life expectancy, and better overall health. Combatting dental fear is essential at this ase as well. If your child grows up seeing the dentist as an ally you won’t have to worry about anxiety later on!
We see children from age one and up at our Rochester dentist office. We also encourage you to bring them in earlier than that so we can get to know them and they can feel comfortable and familiar before their first appointment. Seeing you get a cleaning and exam can make them more willing to get one themselves – a great way to ensure that they grow up with a healthy smile.
Your Dental Health And Your Body: A Lifelong Connection
The mouth is like the gateway to your body, and keeping it healthy helps your body too. It’s a common conception that oral health and bodily health are separate entities, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease are very real threats to the rest of your body as well. They may not cause you to become seriously ill, but they can increase risks of other health complications and have complications of their own that seriously damage your health.
Cavities and gum disease both lead to lost teeth, which in turn lead to a lower life expectancy. The reasons for this are numerous, from increased heart disease risk to simply difficulty eating nutrient-rich food. A lost tooth might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it can be the beginning of serious health problems.
Gum disease has been strongly linked to heart disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions. Inflammation is your body’s normal reaction to illness, but in the case of gum disease it doesn’t help remove the problem. Chronic inflammation can send mixed signals to the rest of your body that cause other inflammation to develop. It’s so easy to treat gum disease with regular dental care that it’s frustrating to know how badly it can affect you!
As you age there are even more oral health considerations to keep in mind. Your risk for conditions like gum disease and tooth decay can become worse with age, tooth wear, and the effects of daily life, but again, there’s a simple way to prevent those ills: regular dental care.
Twice A Year Can Add Years To Your Life!
We like to see you for exams and cleanings every six months because it’s the perfect window for cleaning out your mouth and identifying early problems. In just a few hours a year we can gain a wealth of knowledge about your oral health, usually enough to keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come.
And that need never ends. Whether you’re just setting out on your own and looking for a new dentist or are considering whether you need that cleaning at the age of 65. Dental care is just as important to the elderly as it is to those with a single baby tooth, and we want to care for all of them at Northwest Dental Group!
Schedule a life-changing appointment today by calling our Rochester office at 507-315-2932. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon, and for years to come!