For the year of 2019, April 7 marks World Health Day. The WHO (World Health Organization) is focusing especially on the topic of universal health coverage on this particular day.
It’s an unfortunate fact that many people around the world have insufficient or nonexistent healthcare coverage. Locally, many Milford residents also struggle to get sufficient health and dental coverage for their families.
Has healthcare coverage been difficult for you to obtain? One way to ensure better health for you and your family and to lower medical risks and expenses is to live a healthy lifestyle.
You can protect your overall health by taking good care of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Here at Shoreline Dental Care, we promote dental care as one of the best ways to boost your overall health.
Why A Healthy Mouth Equals a Healthy Body
First of all, a healthy mouth allows you to eat comfortably. You might not get the nutrition your body needs if you have few teeth or if it hurts to chew solid foods. Your teeth play an important role in the digestive process, so you want to make sure they stay in good condition. Tooth loss is even associated with a shorter lifespan in adults!
Secondly, diseases of the mouth rarely stay confined to that small space. Problems like tooth decay and gum disease are connected to other health conditions including Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Treating and preventing oral diseases can lower your risk of developing other medical complications later in life.
How to Improve Your Dental Health
There are a few easy and cost-effective ways to improve your oral health starting today. These include:
- Brushing and flossing every day to ward off gum disease
- Using fluoride dental products to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities
- Eating a healthful diet rich in nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin C
- Drinking water instead of sweetened beverages to hydrate your mouth and prevent plaque buildup
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Making regular dental checkups a part of your family’s preventative healthcare routine
Celebrate World Health Day here in Milford by scheduling a checkup with our team here at Shoreline Dental Care.