Put the Time in to Maintain Oral Health

by Dr. Anson Hooper, DDS, Hooper Family Dental

One of our favorite things to do as a family is to travel. For us, it brings relaxation, rejuvenation and renewal. Getting outside and enjoying nature in some way is one of our favorite past times on these trips.

We find trails and do a lot of hiking and biking, earnestly trying to stay active. We have been blessed with the beautiful outdoors, and there is so much to see and do here in northern Arizona.

For each of us, rejuvenation means something different.

For us it’s getting away to the outdoors, but for many it might include being pampered at a spa, for others something as taxing as spring cleaning might do the trick, and yet for many others it’s wrapping up in a blanket and catching up on a favorite book.

Whatever rejuvenation means for you, take the time, find the time; it’s important for your wellness and overall health.

The ability to maintain health through the prevention and treatment of oral disease is an important element of wellness. Extensive research shows that oral health plays a critical role in disease prevention, longevity and healthier living.

As we age, our mouth is more susceptible to issues like cavities and gum disease. These infections can cause tooth loss and spread to your bone and gum tissues, which can eventually lead to a shrunken, aged face.

A growing amount of research has also linked poor oral health to heart problems, dementia and immune system issues, so staying vigilant is a central component to overall wellness.

Health and wellness are collaborative, you can’t neglect any part and expect that another focus will make up for it. By caring for our teeth with routine exams and cleanings, many of these issues can be identified early and in most cases prevented. That’s why preventive techniques are at the forefront of rejuvenation and wellness in oral medicine.

Life can be busy and overwhelming at times if you let it, but if you put in the work and take time for yourself every now and then, it goes a long way!