Don’t Neglect Dental Health


Have you ever wondered why we are supposed to go to the dentist on a routine basis? Whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, your oral health is important. Shell Point recently hosted Dr. Douglas Milsap, DDS, PA, for a presentation examining the mysteries of routine dentistry. Dr. Milsap covered topics like gum disease and resulting infections, root canals, periodontal procedures, crowns, and more.

According to WebMD, up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to 66% of people with no heart disease. The two conditions have several risk factors in common, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight. Some suspect that periodontitis plays a direct role in raising the risk for heart disease as well. That alone should make us seek out the dentist twice a year for a regular check-up. Other conditions related to oral care are rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity.

“You should visit a dentist twice a year to make sure everything is working nicely,” explained Dr. Milsap during the presentation. “Dentists perform routine maintenance to prevent problems that could occur if you do nothing. Yet more than 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease.”

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