Bad teeth can make us sick, in more ways than one

Whether you know it or not, when you make a commitment to taking good care of your teeth, your efforts can improve your overall health at the same time. That’s because poor oral care has been shown to put us at risk for serious health problems, including:
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Oral cancer
• Respiratory infections
• Dementia
• Infertility
In addition to health risks, the financial costs of not taking good care of your teeth and gums can be serious, too.

A 2015 report from the American Dental Association (ADA)
The ADA recently revealed that dental-related visits to the ER (in 2012) cost the U.S. health care system $1.6 billion. The figures are likely to be higher in subsequent years, and it’s costing all of us – in the form of higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs that are passed on, to you and employers.

Preventive dental care can protect you and your wallet
dental careA key to reversing these trends is prevention. By always practicing good oral health habits, we protect ourselves and likely pass those habits along to our children, who will than have better habits later in their lives. And so on.

Oral health care needs to start early
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry and the ADA both recommend that your child see a dentist by their first birthday; yet, only one in four babies’ parents follow that important recommendation.

Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that well-child care for children (up to five years old) should include fluoride treatments and oral health education.

Young adults can also be at greater risk
Sometimes young people will ignore oral problems, allowing them to fester and become so painful that they end of visiting the hospital – instead of visiting their dentist on a regular basis. The age group of 15- 24 year-olds has been shown to have a high rate of hospitalization due to oral cavity, salivary gland and jaw diseases.

Dental problems are bad for productivity
Bad teeth and gums can interfere with learning, resulting in poor school performance for students. Dental problems also cause lost productivity in the workplace.

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