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Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Oral Health?
Posted on 5/11/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Oral Health
Cosmetic dentistry is not just for improving the look of your teeth, but their structure and function as well. Keep reading for more information.

The Appearance of Your Teeth Can Affect Your Health

Although chips, cracks, stains, and cavities may seem like solely cosmetic issues, they not only affect the appearance of your teeth but their functionality and health as well. Here is how cosmetic issues with your teeth can impact your oral health:
  • Crooked teeth- Having crooked teeth can lead to uneven teeth, TMJ and make it more challenging to floss correctly, leading to gum disease and other issues.

  • Missing teeth- Not replacing missing teeth can eventually lead to misalignment of your remaining teeth and bone loss in your jaw.

  • Cavities- If left untreated, cavities can erode into the inner layers of your teeth, potentially causing infection and toothaches.

  • Chips and cracks- These can increase your chances of tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.

  • Swollen gums- Yous should never ignore swollen gums as they can be a sign of periodontal die eventually leading to tooth sensitivity, gum recession, and tooth loss. Poor dental health does not just affect your mouth but can wreak havoc on the rest of your body as well.

  • Inflammation in the mouth caused by gum disease can increase inflammation in the blood vessels, which is why 90% of those who have heart disease also have gum diseased.

  • Poor oral health has been linked to diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

  • Inflammation in the mouth can make diabetes more difficult to manage, as it affects the insulin in your body.

  • How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Health

    Fixing cosmetic issues with your teeth is key to staying in overall good health. Just like you would care for a broken bone, you should treat a damaged or missing tooth with the same urgency. If you have cosmetic issues with your teeth, reach out to your dentist so you can begin to make a plan of action to get your teeth back in good health.

    Preventative Care is Vital

    When it comes to maintaining your oral health, preventative care is essential. We recommend the following:
  • Brush your teeth twice daily

  • Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash

  • Floss daily

  • Visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup twice yearly.

  • Contact Neil. L. Starr, DDS.

    It’s clear that cosmetic dentistry can improve both your self-image and oral health. Get expert help and call our practice Neil L. Starr, DDS. We are taking every precaution against COVID-19, so you can feel safe coming to our Washington D.C. office. We pride ourselves on providing sensitive, compassionate care to our patients and continually educating ourselves on the latest techniques in dentistry so you can be sure you are getting the best possible care.

    Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start working toward the smile of your dreams; we serve patients from Potomac, Rockville, McLean, Fairfax City, Arlington City, and the southern part of Loudoun County.

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