According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3.5 billion people are affected by oral diseases. That is almost half the population of the entire world. When people think about oral health, they usually think about the care and upkeep of your smile. However, oral health can play a crucial role in your overall health and wellbeing.
If you’re not convinced about this, here are some interesting facts about oral health.
90% Health Conditions Have Oral Symptoms: If you think that oral symptoms can only indicate tooth decay or gingivitis, you are mistaken. A staggering 90 percent of health problems have oral symptoms, from diabetes and osteoporosis to HIV and oral cancer. Dentists play a vital role in the early identification and care of different non-dental health problems. Hence, skimping on your daily dental appointments is not a smart idea. Not only are they critical for your oral health, but they can also be essential for your overall health.
40% Of Americans Are Oblivious to The Dangers of Gum Disease: Taking care of your gums is as essential for your oral health as the health of your teeth is. Yet, about 40% of Americans are unaware of the detrimental effects of gum disease. Not only does it put the patients at risk of receding gums and tooth loss, but gum disease can also increase your risk of heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.
48% Adults in the U.S. Don’t Visit The Dentist Regularly: To ensure proper oral health, the American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year. With that said, only 52% of adults in America have reported that they see the dentist at least once a year. Delaying or avoiding your dental appointments can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other symptoms going unnoticed. Hence, it is crucial to visit your dentist, bi-annually.
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Dr. Preston Polson has been practicing dentistry for over 15 years. Dr. Polson received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado and completed a one-year Hospital based General Practice Residency in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Polson continues to receive advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry in an effort to provide each patient with the highest quality dental care possible.