If you think oral health is about just your teeth, you are missing a big part of the picture. Temple, TX dentist, Dr. Richard Leung spends many hours learning everything there is to learn about your oral health. Much of the research he has done revolves around the scientific proof that connects oral health to overall health.
The Connection Between Oral and Overall Health
Your mouth is the gateway to your body, so it makes sense that many oral health concerns also affect your general health. If you do not practice proper oral hygiene, you will likely develop decay and gum disease that impacts other parts of your body.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of your gums. These bacteria get into your bloodstream when you eat, brush, and floss and are carried to other parts of the body including the heart, lungs, kidneys, and even your brain!
When you understand this connection, you can see how vital it is to practice good oral health by brushing and flossing daily and visiting our Temple, TX dentist twice a year for preventive care. During your check-ups and cleanings, we can look for decay and gum disease that compromise your oral health. If we do find a problem, we will work with you to develop an overall plan for treatment to restore your oral health.
Prevention is the easiest way to preserve your healthy smile. We’re sure you will agree that visiting us regularly for check-ups is preferable to sitting in the dental chair addressing problems that creep up without you even realizing it.
Oral Health in Temple, TX
Even if you’ve been less than diligent with your oral health care, you can start to change the course today. Please give us a call, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them!