- Percentage of American adults who have delayed or will delay dental care due to economic concerns: 36
- Percentage who say they know this will cost them more money in the long-run: 80
So why do they do it anyway? There are plenty of reasons to go around, but one other item from this Aspen Dental survey might lend fuel to any number of them.
- Percentage who agree that regular dental visits are “critical” to their overall health and well-being: 10
After all, if you don’t understand that there can be systemic, whole-body consequences to dental issues, it’s much easier to convince yourself that a problem with a tooth is isolated and can be dealt with whenever.
Yet even mainstream dentistry has begun to appreciate how tooth and body are connected – most notably through the relationship of gum disease with other inflammatory conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and arthritis. Infections in the mouth can and do travel through the body, including to the brain, and can sometimes prove fatal. Some dental materials – most notably, mercury amalgam – can trigger or compound chronic systemic illness.
Even something as simple as a broken tooth or sensitive teeth can impact dietary intake enough to create nutritional deficiencies which can, in turn, have systemic effects.
Taking care of your teeth is about so much more than just having a bright, attractive smile. It’s a key part of taking care of your body as a whole.