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Oral Hygiene; Not Just a Cosmetic Concern

Jul 18, 2008
A dentist in my area once told me that as technology in the dentistry field increases, dentists are finding themselves with more and more responsibility to take care of people's overall health. This is because more and more deadly diseases are being linked to the mouth. Taking care of your mouth is not just about looking good any more. In fact, that's only a very small part of it.

There are some kinds of dentists these days known as holistic dentists. These dentists are becoming more popular because of the many diseases being linked to problems inside the mouth. I tried to locate a dentist in my area that was familiar with the holistic approach, and found that this topic is not known enough yet. I'm sure as they discover more about the relationships between the bodies overall health and dentistry, these kinds of dentists will become more prominent.

Holistic dentists stress the importance of no stress. They encourage this through regular activities of exercise, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and stress relief techniques to ensure that the body has the strength and ability to fight diseases. They encourage everyone to smile at least 15-20 minutes each day. This will help psychologically train your body to feel less stress. Holistic dentists, like many doctors, say that stress weakens your immune systems and having a strong immune system will help prevent diseases from forming in any part of your body, in this case, the mouth. It sounds right to me. I'm going to keep searching for a dentist in my area that emphasizes these techniques along side the regular dental needs.

When I visit the dentist in my area, he always does a good job of explaining the kinds of diseases that can form inside my mouth as a result of not taking proper care of my teeth. However, I know that he doesn't know everything. There is always more to know and as more diseases are being found and linked to the mouth, I want to make sure that I am seeing the dentist in my area that is most aware of each new disease discovered.

Pretty much every dentist makes an attempt to do this by attending regular seminars and meetings that will update them on new technologies and diseases found. I know the dentist in my area attends these seminars regularly. However, you just might want to start following the holistic approach now. After all, it has already been recommended by general doctors for years. All you have to do is eat right, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep- Oh yeah, and smile.
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