One all too often overlooked part of a community’s overall health is the quality of dental work available, or the lack thereof. Good dentists are hard to find, yet their services are invaluable. Many studies over the past several decades have shown a connection between poor oral health and other health issues, particularly when it comes to heart issues. This means investing in good dental health up front can pay major dividends in the long run not only for individuals but for the community in general.
Importance of Checkups & Basic Cleaning
The old saying goes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. There are many other forms of this saying but they all point to the same truth when it comes to dentistry: good annual cleanings, maintenance, and checkups make a huge difference to create a happier smile. Not only
Spotting Cavities Early
Spotting cavities early mean minor fillings and stopping the damage before it spreads and becomes much worse. Cavities are relatively easy to treat and inexpensive to treat, as well. Getting fillings early not only helps to stop the damage and strengthen the teeth but also prevents much more expensive and serious dental work down the line. An unusual pattern of tooth issues might indicate bigger problems, so fixing them up early is never a bad move.
Oral Surgery & Tooth Implants
Oral surgery can take many forms, and when it comes to implants these can have a drastic impact on the quality of life of the patient. Someone missing multiple teeth will not only have a harder time talking and chewing but may also eventually be more prone to infections or a weakening of the jaw in areas with missing teeth. These are all negative effects and don’t even get into the issues with things like finding a job or social acceptance.
Better Teeth Mean Better Health & Quality of Life
At the end of the day, better teeth mean better health, and this is an area where small investments by the community up front actually pay off in pretty big dividends. Keeping up oral health goes a long way to better eating habits, better heart health, and better overall quality of life. Don’t discount the quality of life benefit – when depression and anxiety are removed from a person this can have a positive domino effect.
These are just some of the many ways that good community dental care is good for the entire local neighborhood at large.