6 Ways A Health Smile Helps You

A healthy smile does a lot more than look pretty! A healthy smile is key to your overall well-being. Here are 6 ways that a healthy smile helps you.

  1. A healthy smile lowers your risk of heart disease. The chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with heart attack and stroke. Oral bacteria can travel throughout the body and has even been found in heart valves.
  2. Keep your memory intact by keeping your smile intact. Adults with gum disease did poorly on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than those who had healthy smiles according to a study in the Journal of Neurology.
  3. Reduce your risk of infection and inflammatory response by keeping your smile in great shape. Gum disease has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Researchers have found that the destruction of connective tissue in gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis is similar.
  4. Keep blood sugar levels stable – if you are a diabetes patient then it is vitally important that you keep your gums healthy. There is a catch-22 relationship between diabetes and gum disease. Having diabetes makes it more likely you will develop infections like gum disease. Conversely, if you have gum disease it is harder to control your blood sugar levels. Keeping your gums healthy can aid in blood sugar control.
  5. Pregnancy outcomes are better for women with healthy gums. There is an increased risk of pre-term birth and low birth-weight babies for women who have gum disease. Pregnant women should visit their dentist before and during their pregnancy to maintain good oral health.
  6. What better way to boost your confidence and self esteem than with a dazzling smile? Unsightly, discolored teeth and bad breath hard hard to live with and affect self-confidence. A healthy mouth is free of gum disease and tooth decay with no annoying pain or bad smell to interfere with your personal and professional life.

How to keep your smile healthy

Keeping a healthy smile is easy. Brush and floss every day – flossing is key! Remember to visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups on a regular basis. How often? That may depend upon your previous dental health history. Most people visit every six months but patients with diabetes or who have had gum disease may require cleanings a little more often.

Please contact Asheville cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit.

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