With all of the bad news out there lately, many people are developing a mentality of “preparing for the worst.” The economic downturn in the United States as well as the national disasters that seem to be occurring at alarming rates have many Americans more concerned about the future. Over the last few years, we have seen tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, snowstorms, ice storms, flooding and hurricanes that have caused injuries, deaths and the loss of personal property. Of course, unfocused worrying is never productive or healthy. But one could argue that it is actually a positive thing for an individual to be dislodged from a “live for today” mindset and perhaps reoriented towards one that is more prudent and future oriented. There is something to be said for expecting the best, while preparing for the worst.
With the heightened uncertainty about our economic futures, it has never been more important to take care of one’s health. People who are healthy fare much better during difficult times than those who are not. Overall health is comprised of many factors including your physical health, your mental health, your dental health and your spiritual health. Eating well, exercising often and limiting alcohol use can all improve your physical health. Relaxing, enjoying hobbies, and spending quality time with loved ones is a good way to reduce stress and improve your mental health. Regular prayer, study and worship as well as fellowship with others who share your faith will improve your spiritual health. But what can we do to improve our dental health?
You can improve your dental health by getting regular dental check ups and cleanings, and by addressing serious dental problems such as tooth loss. If missing teeth are not replaced, it can lead to other serious problems including gum disease, a destructive bite, and further tooth loss. The good news is that patients with tooth loss now have the option of a permanent tooth replacement system, dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide a foundation for permanent replacement teeth that like, feel and function like natural teeth.
During these uncertain times, it is critically important to protect your dental health. If you are currently missing a tooth or teeth, talk to an oral surgeon regarding dental implants and how they may benefit you.