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    Why prevention is key when it comes to oral health

    A good oral hygiene routine can prevent gum disease and contribute to overall well-being.

    Speak to anyone regarding the importance of a healthy body, and practically everyone will tell you that it is beyond important. However, many individuals still either refuse to heed the medical advice of trained professionals or simply do not take their advice as seriously as it should be.

    We’ve all heard of times when an experienced physician told a patient to eat healthier or maintain a more active lifestyle to lower the chances of diabetes or cardiovascular diseases, often suggesting to implement lifestyle choices that can normalize blood sugar levels or cholesterol, and ultimately reduce the risk of a heart attack in the future.

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    But many of these individuals choose to ignore this precious advice until their first heart attack has struck. Of course, as a result, there is not only permanent tissue damage, but also hefty medical bills to pay for along with quite a bit of emotional distress. Therefore, it seems as though listening to that physician’s advice would not only have been a healthier alternative, but also a cheaper one.

    This idea that prevention is better than treatment not only applies to the heart, but also applies quite heavily to our mouths. And the fact that a well-cared-for mouth can not only prevent gum disease, but also contribute to a healthier body overall, is something to definitely take note of.

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    When we think about the onset of disease, we naturally consider treatment options or lifestyle choices that can help reverse the negative ailment. For example, an individual who has hypertension can opt to maintain a more active and healthier lifestyle, or use medication in hopes of bringing his or her blood pressure back to normal. And though this option may work for such ailments, treatment may not work for every part of your body. While lifestyle changes and medication can help reverse the effects of heart disease, the damage to bone and tissues in your mouth from periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) cannot be undone—only maintained. This is due to the widespread and rather destructive impact that the disease has on the bones and tissues holding in one’s teeth; the bone and the gums that hold your teeth in place simply cannot grow back. And once the damage is done, it is there to stay. Therefore, preventing oral disease is crucial.

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    Kara Vavrosky, RDH
    Kara Vavrosky, RDH is an Editorial Director at Modern Hygienist, a part of the Modern Dental Network. She is best known for running the ...


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