The Not So Secret Way to Achieve a Healthy Smile, Mouth, and Body
When you think about getting healthy, you probably don’t think of your oral health. But did you know that the health of your body is directly linked to the health of your mouth? It’s true. In fact, according to one recent study, people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. Even something as simple as a cavity can affect your heart, digestive system, and your brain.
The first step to understanding the major role your mouth plays in your overall health is to understand what can go wrong in the first place. When bacteria builds up on your teeth, your gums become prone to infection. Your immune system then moves in to attacks this infection and your gums become inflamed. Over time, the inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at your gums and the bone structure that holds your teeth in place. All of this causes severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis. As gum disease progresses, the bacteria in your mouth travels through your bloodstream to other parts of your body. Therefore, periodontitis is not merely affecting the health of your smile, it’s affecting the health of your body as well. In fact, gum disease is directly linked heart disease, stroke, premature labor, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers, lung conditions, obesity, and more.
Still don’t believe the mouth-body connection? Then take a look at these facts:
- 93% of people with gum disease are at risk for diabetes
- People with gum disease are twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to die from a stroke
- Pregnant women with gum disease have a 1 in 7 chance of giving birth to a healthy child of normal size
- Gum disease increases your risk for pancreatic and kidney cancer by 62%
- Eliminating gum disease adds an average of 6.5 years to your life
While it’s true that an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy life, the opposite is also true: a healthy mouth can lead to a healthy life. Taking good care of your teeth and gums can really help you live a long and healthy life. This means brushing and flossing your smile at least twice a day as well as going for regular dental check-up and cleanings. Seems simple enough. But what do you do if you don’t have insurance? That’s where the Smile Advantage plan comes in.
The Smile Advantage plan is a way for patients who don’t have insurance to still have access to quality dental care at an affordable price. It acts as a membership-based dental savings plan so that anyone who needs dental care, can receive it. Members just need to pay an annual fee to receive regular exams, cleanings, and x-rays in addition to significantly reduced rates on all other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures at Springs Dental. Not to mention, the Smile Advantage plan offers many other benefits such as no annual caps, no limits, and no waiting periods.
Your body and mouth are not separate. Luckily the secret is out: you can get quick access to the care you need to achieve a healthy smile, mouth, and body with the Smile Advantage plan. Contact Springs Dental to learn more today!