The real cost of neglecting your teeth

People in Ireland are often put off by the high cost of dental care. SmileStore-The Dental Specialists can reduce those costs by up to 67%, offering the kind of prices most people have to travel abroad to find.

Danger to your Health

But what is the real cost of neglecting your teeth?

It’s about much more than cosmetic issues-tooth neglect can be extremely dangerous to your overall health.

There are a vast number of diseases related to poor dental care. Did you ever hear the expression “my heart was in my mouth”? Well, it almost is, when it comes to looking after your teeth.

Because bacteria proliferating in the mouth are taken into the bloodstream so easily, studies show that several heart-related problems; some potentially fatal, are directly linked to oral and dental issues.

Bacteria can lead to Endocarditis and Cardiovascular Disease

Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which will seriously damage heart valves if it’s not treated quickly.

Infective endocarditis affects the endocardium, tissue that lines the heart chambers. It’s a very serious infection and is life-threatening.

Most cases are caused by an infection from bacteria; a small number are caused by fungi. In particular, dental and mouth infections can allow bacteria to find its way into the bloodstream.

Most are killed off by the body’s immune system, but sometimes some bacteria survive and settle on a heart valve or other section of the endocardium, and once infection develops it’s difficult for your immune system to clear it up.

Cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries and stroke are linked to oral bacteria) is another potential consequence of neglecting your teeth and allowing decay to breed bacteria in your mouth.

If your immune system is weak or compromised in any way, it’s even more important to get your teeth and gums taken care of; sooner rather than later.

Preventative Care

Good preventive care is the way to go, and your own day-to-day care is just as important as regular check-ups.

  • Brush and floss after every meal, or at least twice a day, paying special attention to the gum line.
  • Get your teeth professionally cleaned annually. Dentists screen for oral cancer and look for side effects of medication.
  • Eat a healthy diet and avoid sugary and starchy snacks.
  • Don’t smoke!

The health of your mouth is more closely linked to your whole body health than you would imagine, so if you have developed tooth or gum problems, make an appointment to have them checked out.

Sedation Dentistry and Payment Plans

If fear is what has been preventing you from seeing a dentist for a long time, don’t worry-see our section on Sedation Dentistry.

Your health is too important to neglect, and compromising on it means you may pay a very high price indeed with your heart.

Call Smile Store – The Dental Specialists to schedule an appointment; we’ll answer all your questions, provide transparent pricing and treatment plans, and make sure you have a healthy mouth and a confident smile.

Give us a ring on 021 432 0004 or see www.smilestore.ie.