Did you know that oral health is a major factor in overall physical health? When your mouth is healthy, the rest of your body is more likely to be healthier, too. In fact, a recent study found that people who regularly visit their Glen Ellyn, IL dentist for check-ups and cleanings every six months are less likely to get pneumonia.
The connection between oral health and overall health is well-known. This study reinforced that fact, and provided further evidence that visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings will help keep you healthier. By getting check-ups every six months, the study theorizes, microbes that can cause pneumonia can be reduced so you won’t have to worry as much about getting through the winter safely.
To get an assessment of your oral health as part of your plan to stay pneumonia-free this winter, call today to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Gibbs at Smile Glen Ellyn.
Your first line of defense to keep your teeth free of decay is regular brushing and flossing. But there are methods of protecting your teeth than can do more. One of these methods is to have dental sealants put onto your molars, the back teeth with the largest chewing surface.
Molars can have deep grooves that make it difficult to remove all harmful substances with just brushing. A sealant, which is made of plastic or other safe material, acts as a barrier on those grooves to prevent the build up of food and harmful acids. They are ideal for children and adults and can even be used to prevent small amounts of decay from become a more harmful cavity.
Brushing and flossing is most important and kids should learn healthy habits early on. But you can also have sealants put on a child’s teeth as an extra layer of protection. They greatly reduce the amount of cavities seen in school-age children.
If you are looking for a dentist in Glen Ellyn, give us a call today at (630) 858-8800.