Turning to Relationships to Learn about our Oral Habits
Have you ever thought about why you brush and floss your teeth every day? It's probably because you were taught at an early age by your parents to do so and why it was important. Perhaps you also regularly visited your dentist to have your teeth cleaned, examined, and to learn more about your oral health.
A recent study out of Boston University took a closer look at how our social networks influence our oral health. It found that the connections between how we are raised and the information we receive from those we trust most has the most significant impact on our lives and oral health.
How Does This Information Help Us?
Determining the way that information passes through a community can help us deliver resources that will educate influential people within different communities. This helps promote long-term behavior changes that can indeed make a difference in preventing conditions like tooth decay or gum disease.
Educating patients about the importance of prevention helps them avoid bigger dental issues, and this study helps us understand the best ways to educate certain communities.
The Importance of Preventive Care
Dentistry focuses on prevention because it can help patients avoid costly dental issues and invasive treatment procedures. Regularly attending your six-month cleanings and checkups will help you prevent dental problems like tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Since we now have a better understanding of how oral and overall health is related, we know that your periodontal health can directly impact your overall health and well being. Studies have shown that the same bacteria that causes periodontal disease can also contribute to health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and vice versa.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Robertson and his team strive to keep their patients updated about the latest information that impacts their achieving and maintaining optimum oral health.
If you're looking for high-quality family dentistry in Irvine, CA, please call us to schedule your next appointment.