The saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” most definitely applies to our teeth and maintaining good dental hygiene. Visalia dentist Dr. Bodensteiner encourages his patients to remember that keeping their teeth and gums healthy should be a priority, as teeth play an essential role in a productive lifestyle.
This involves our personal appearance. Healthy teeth provide the face with a rounded out and healthy look and they support the tissue around the mouth. Missing or damaged teeth can result in negative physical attributes such as an unsightly smile, distortion of facial features, skin tissue bunching, along with premature ageing of the face.
Teeth have an impact on our physical health as well. Teeth break down food into small pieces that, when mixed with digestive juices, allow the body to absorb vital nutrients and to ward off disease. Missing teeth or infections in the mouth can result in a restricted diet, an inability to chew food sufficiently, and result in health issues including problems with digestion.
Our ability to interact socially also revolves around our teeth. Working in union with both the tongue and lips, teeth play an integral part in forming speech that is clear and understandable. Healthy teeth and gums have a pivotal role in how we view ourselves as individuals, along with how we are viewed by others in developing friendships, in workplace interactions, and in communicating during daily activities.
Respecting your oral health is a way of showing respect for your quality of life, and this “ounce of prevention” saves you time and money in the long run. Make time to keep a good routine of brushing and flossing regularly, and eat healthy foods. Scheduling a professional cleaning and check-up every 6 months or so is also essential in promoting good dental hygiene for Visalia residents. Contact Dr. Bodensteiner for a consultation and professional cleaning today.