Where do we even begin with 2020? It has been quite a year so far and we still have another month to go. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we all remain on top of our overall and oral health, as well as our own well-being. This means you need to pay attention to your dental health, because it may actually prolong your life. 

Dental care and prolonged life

Poor oral health means more than just cavities or gum disease. It goes beyond that because an unhealthy mouth can increase your risk of suffering from major health problems. Those can include:

  • Heart disease.
  • Respiratory infections.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Diabetic complications. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually notes that seven out of the 10 leading causes of death are linked to bacteria or inflammation in the oral cavity. For example, periodontal disease has been associated with premature labor and a low birth-weight baby.

Here’s what you can do

There are many things you can do to protect yourself. In particular, you need to prioritize your oral care. That begins with recognizing behaviors that undermine self-care. Do not put yourself last, but make sure to follow all oral health hygiene routines properly.

Remember to regularly floss and brush your teeth. People with good oral hygiene spend less on health care overall, so make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You should also commit to a healthier diet. Excess sugar is a primary culprit of plaque, which is a sticky deposit on the teeth where bacteria can collect.

Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to schedule your routine dental cleaning and for any additional care you need.