Men’s Health has a great
- One in five Americans has an untreated cavity, according to a new government report. And guess what? A cavity isn’t just a black hole in your tooth—it’s an infectious disease. While you can see an infection on your arm, a tooth infection can usually only be detected by an X-ray. If you’re sensitive to cold and sweets, or experience pain biting on a tooth, you might have a cavity. Let it grow and you’ll be left with a decaying, dying tooth, and an expensive dental procedure.
- Prevent Permanent Damage
Plaque buildup on your teeth is loaded with hundreds of different kinds of bacteria, and if left untreated, the bacterial toxins released by certain bacteria and byproducts of the infection can begin to weaken healthy bone. The bone then begins to recede under the gums, leaving more area for the bacteria to do their thing.
- Protect Yourself
People who had their teeth cleaned twice or more in a 2-year period had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who visited the dentist less frequently, according to a 2011 study from Taiwan.
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