Good oral health influences your overall health and well-being. We define good oral health as including three factors:
- A mouth that’s free of disease.
- A bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain.
- A smile that expresses happiness and confidence.
Dr. Nicole M. Paxson encourages patients to recognize that small, readily-treatable problems in your mouth can grow into complicated and painful issues that are costly to treat. For example, if you ignore mild gingivitis, it can progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis is a serious form of gum disease that can loosen teeth and cause them to fall out. Missing teeth lead to bone loss in the jaw and inadequate nutrition. Recent studies have linked severe gum disease to heart disease. The moral of the story? Routine oral health pays off.