Thursday, February 4, 2016

Your dentist may save your life!

There is usually a bad stigma when the time to go to the dentist comes. Terrifying scenarios are usually showed in movies and TV. However, if you think about the times you have been to the dentist and compare them to what you see on TV, those dental scenarios are not realistic.

These negative stereotypes about the visit to the dentist have made all of us scare to visit our dentist at some point. However, going to the dentist may just save your life! There are many research showing that many diseases have oral symptoms and can be prevented or you can get early signs by going to your dental appointment. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, proper diagnosis, early prevention and treatment of tooth and gum infections have led to a decreased in blood pressure medication while leading to an increase on overall health. In addition, people who have have gum disease and other dental related diseases, are at higher risk of heart attack. Research have suggested that inflammation along with gum disease are linked to heart diseases because bacteria from infected gum can enter the blood vessels and increase clot formation.

A visits to the dentist and proper routine dental exams can also give you an indication of your overall health. Visiting your dentist can be a significant part on handling conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, stress and other oral illnesses.

So, visit the dentist. Your heart and body will thank you for it.

Advice from the American Dental Association:

  • Brush teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and professional cleanings.


Posted by Yerkely Gomez (1)


  1. I am one of those people that hate going to the dentist, the thought of having someone probing and scraping at my teeth every six months just doesn't excite me! I put off making an appointment for the dentist probably longer than I should. Your blog post really captured my attention because of your title, I needed to know how the dentist would save my life! I didn’t know that a dental appointment could tell so much about my overall health! It’s a little nerve wracking to think if I skip another dentist appointment in the future I may be missing some early signs of a disease. I definitely will be scheduling an appointment with my dentist.

    Emily Mueller (Group 2)

  2. Although when you go to the dentist he gives you a shot of Novocaine to numb your mouth, the sound of the used tools makes me sometimes anxious.
    I'll take the advice from ADA to have healthier teeth and life.

    Mohammed Saleh

  3. I’m actually pre-dent and have always been interested in the field ever since I was young. My Dentist inspired me to become a dentist when I grew up. One quote has always stuck with me through my years of shadowing my dentist and here at Umass and it is “Dentistry is not always life and death, but can be life changing.” And what the quote means is that while there are risks of certain diseases in the mouth, just by simply going to the dentist they can help improve your smile and health and also relieve one of the most painful parts of your body from pain. I liked the part where you listed health advice from the ADA because it really made keeping your teeth and mouth clean a lot simpler and easier!

    Posted by Stephanie Aboody

    1. I am pre-dental too, which is why I wrote about this topic, I like going to the dentist! Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that don't know that going to the dentist is more than just going to get your teeth cleaned. Oral health is connected to our over all health, and the fact that not a lot of people realize this is a shame. Like I mentioned in the post, there are pre conceived notions about this visit and that scares people away, but the end of the day I don't think is that bad. And if you get your check ups and do your part at home, you will not need to go for one of those scary procedures.

      Posted by Yerkely Gomez

  4. Wow, I never knew so much could be detected from a simple visit to the dentist! I too do not like the visit to the dentist. I expect the same kind of advice, " Floss everyday and brush at least twice a day". I like your introduction, it really got my attention and kept it! I will also be more aware with my oral health, since I never knew gum infections could lead to such detrimental affects. After reading this article, I researched this more. I also found out the diabetes can increase your risk of gum infections. Next time at the dentist, I hope I will just get the advice to floss and brush, not any unsuspecting issues!

    Cara Murphy

  5. I LOVE MY DENTIST!... Well that's because she's my mom haha. The dentist does seem pretty scary to go to especially since you cannot physically see what he or she may be doing. But going to the dentist is very important even if it was just for cleaning. People do not realize what can actually be going on in the mouth and yes I agree that certain effects can be deadly. Something as simple as flossing everyday can help fight away gum disease or even an infection that can turn into a complicated situation.

    Sarah Ona

  6. Everyone knows a trip to the dentist helps you discover if you have cavities. Not many realize annual dental visits also involve screenings for oral cancers. Oral cancers, like other forms of cancers, are best treated at the earliest stage. Frequent visits to the dentist help increase the chances expedient treatment is acquired. The importance of fast treatment cannot be stressed enough.

    Joanna @ Westheimer Dentist

  7. Shame that looked really painful. I am glad she is on the mend. Yes my wife and I have a son and he got a foot to the face during a soccer game and he also lost his front tooth. It was a really terrible experience for him but I think he has learnt from it now. Great post. Thanks.

    Jon Mack @ Gentle Dental Online

  8. I will be the first to admit that the dentist is one of my least favorite places to go. I am never excited about the bland but bad tasting agent used to clean my teeth, nor the suction process that follows. Although I do not enjoy visiting my dentist, you are correct, going to the dentist could save your life.