Make Dental Visits a Priority | Sioux City, IA
4220 Sergeant Rd., Ste. 100, Sioux City IA 51106
Dona W. Prince, DDS

Make Dental Visits a Priority

  • By Dona Prince
  • 28 September, 2017

A priority is something that you choose to mark as important and then set your schedule to ensure that it gets done no matter what. Some things are easy to keep as a priority: sleep, eating, and vacation. Yet other things are not quite as easy to prioritize: getting enough sleep, eating healthy choices, leaving work behind. Another area that many people have a hard time prioritizing is in keeping dental visits. Hectic lives and busy schedules often make it difficult to keep dental appointments, yet neglecting to go to the dentist can compromise much more than just the appearance of your smile.

Dentists are specially trained medical professionals who provide thorough oral evaluations with every dental appointment. Many serious health concerns present their first signs and symptoms inside the mouth, where most people would not think to look. Dentists are well known for spotting the first signs of diabetes and cancer before patients themselves are aware of any symptoms or any issues with their health.

In 2000, the US Surgeon General made the direct connection between oral health and general health. He stated that the mouth is like a “mirror” of health for the entire body. Many severe complications can be linked to poor oral health or infections inside the mouth that entered into the blood stream and traveled to other systems in the body:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Respiratory infection
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Pregnancy complications and loss

Ignoring your oral health and/or not making regular dental visits a priority affects more than your smile. An infection in the mouth can wreak havoc on your general health.

At the dental practice of Dona W. Prince, DDS, we encourage you to make dental visits a priority. We offer comprehensive and complete dentistry services to protect your smile and promote your overall health. Please contact us today to schedule your next dental visit. Remember, it is up to you to make your oral health a priority – let us partner with you to achieve optimal health.

Posted on behalf of Dona W. Prince, DDS
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
4220 Sergeant Road, Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-2228