The Importance of Regular Oral Care

Your teeth and gums hold important clues to other health issues. So if you’re interested in maintaining good overall health, as well as your smile, visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. An exam allows your dentist not only to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums, but to be on the lookout for developments that may lead to future health problems, including oral cancer.

Be sure to inform your dentist about changes in your oral health, including any recent illnesses or chronic conditions, even if they seem unrelated to your mouth. Also, provide him or her with a current list of all medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter. Finally, make certain to follow your dentist’s recommendations, including any home care regimen.

Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist will help your maintain a healthier mouth, as well as an overall healthier you.

For more information on how oral health affects your overall health, contact the offices of Mitchell S. Pasenkoff, DMD.

*Source: Information provided by the Massachusetts Dental Society