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Posted on 5/10/2015 by Robert Leale
Once the long awaited day has come and it's time for you or your child to head off to college, there is no better time than the present to get a full dental checkup. College is often very costly and time consuming, thus one should always be aware of the expenses and concerns that may occur. Studying is like a full time job in that there is little time to consider what you may or may not need to be concerned with.
A dental checkup beforehand can help ensure that your budget is balanced and your time well managed while also providing the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have all facets of your life in order. Best of all it may save you money, as prevention is better and more cost effective than a cure. Regular care dental care is not expensive; however, neglecting your teeth and gums is!
Look and Act your Best for College
When embarking on a journey such as college, you always want to not only look your best but also feel your best, both physically and mentally. A full checkup will give you an idea as to what needs and expenses you have as well as the peace of mind you get knowing that nothing unexpected will arise while you or your teenager is budgeting precious time.
If you have gum disease or decayed teeth, both can cause an unsightly grin and bad breath while also hindering your confidence, your own self-image along with your self-esteem. Having a healthy mouth means you are free of gum disease and cavities, thus your own quality of life is much more likely to be a better. You will find that you can eat properly, sleep easier, and concentrate without aching teeth and undesired mouth infections that keep you from your responsibilities and duties in college. After all, during the rigorous times of the semester the last thing you need is an aching tooth and trouble functioning during those late night study sessions.
Ward off Harmful Diseases
Neglecting your dental needs can lead to chronic inflammation associated with gum disease which in turn may lead to certain cardiovascular threats such as strokes, heart disease, and the blockages of blood vessels. Adults who have gingivitis have been shown to score lower on memory tests and other cognitive skills exams than those who maintained healthier gums and took better overall care of their mouths, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry reported.
Those who had gingivitis cases were found much less successful in their performance on two separate tests conducted in the study: the results revealed verbal recall as delayed and subtraction skills as subpar, two very important skills necessary in everyday life, particularly that of a student. Did you know that neglecting oral health increases your risk of developing dementia by a third? Student Athlete? Research has found gum disease may be a potential cause of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that can result in the inflammation of the joints. Many experts have asserted that what causes destruction of connective tissues in gum disease may occur in similar fashion as in cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
Be sure that you are balancing your diet properly and visiting your dentist regularly while maintaining the very best oral hygiene so that your risks of tooth decay and gum disease are low. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss at least once. If you use antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste, you will reduce bacterial growth in your mouth which can lead to gingivitis. Consistent care of your teeth, gums, and tongue will help you to prevent future problems and decrease your need for intensive dental care.
If you or your teenager is heading off to college soon, please call us at (509) 590-1763 and come in for a full checkup before the big day arrives and the journey begins.