The veiw of the dentist light is not the best however, it's very critical for our overall health.


 It’s important to make regular visits to the dentist. Dental check – ups can reveal a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be developing a disease.

Working long hours and being away from home can make it difficult to find time to see a dentist on a regular basis. However, you may not realize how important these visits can be to your overall health and budget. It may take longer to recover from dental procedures and when treatment becomes more involved, you can bet it will cost you.

Research has shown that the health of your mouth actually mirrors the overall condition of your body. Studies have shown that 90 percent of all systemic (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum issues. Other diseases include: Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Heart Disease and Kidney Disease.

Good oral hygiene wards off harmful bacteria and microbes that can cause tooth decay, bleeding gums, and oral infections. Proper oral hygiene is also important in helping you stay healthy, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes and heart problems.

To maintain optimal oral health, adults should brush their teeth at least twice a day, preferably after each meal and before going to bed. Flossing is also an essential part of an adult’s oral hygiene regimen. Professional teeth cleanings will reduce the bacteria that can cause inflammation and eventually lead to heart disease.

Eating healthy snacks such as celery, carrots and apples can help clear away food loosely trapped in between teeth. Reduce the consumption of drinks and snack which have added sugar and you can reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.

Oral hygiene greatly affects overall long-term health. When it comes to dental care, prevention through daily cleaning and regular visits to the dentist office is better not only for your health, but for your budget.

Here are some ways you can practice good oral hygiene:

*Brush two to three times daily
*Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth
*Eat a healthy diet which includes necessary vitamins and minerals.
*Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
*Maintain regular dental check-ups.



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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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Just had my cleaning when we got home from MATS. I also like the little flossing tools.

April 10, 2014 18:05:45 PM

It is very difficult for us to get into a doctor so we schedule around a time when we know we will be home. This past year we each needed a crown for a tooth. So we went home a little early and our dentist worked with us to put a rush on the crown so that we could get the permanent crown placed before going back on the road. Doctors of any kind are not my favorite place to go when we finally get a few days off but as you say Henry it is a necessity.

April 06, 2014 11:33:55 AM

Prevention-just like maintenance. I like the disposable flossing tools, they are easier to use than a roll of floss, especially on the road. I also group appointments and will try to see MD-Dentist-Eye Doctor on one day off.

April 06, 2014 4:27:55 AM