Ruggless Dental

What Exactly Do We Mean by Oral Health?

September 25, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
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When thinking of your oral health, your mouth likely comes to mind, but if you think about eating, kissing, speaking, and smiling, it really is much more than that. After all, your teeth and smile is part of almost everything you do. You use your smile to convey emotion, friendliness, and love. Your smile means a lot to those who love you – so it’s important to recognize its role in your life.

Recently, over 200 professional organizations opted to adopt a new definition of oral health that includes some key components for your quality of life.

The ability to:

  • Talk
  • Smile
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Chew
  • Swallow

The definition also states that oral health includes being able to express yourself fully and comfortably.

This modern meaning includes not only the health of teeth, gums, and the jaw, but also the ability to use it for daily activities with confidence, which greatly enhances the quality of life most people experience.

What Does the New Definition Mean for Me?

Your dental health is more than just being able to eat. If at any time, you feel that the current conditions of your teeth and gums is keeping you from leading a fulfilling life, we are here to help.

The Ruggless Dental Team focuses on preventing dental conditions and treating them before they advance and cause a negative impact on your life.

Whether you are new to the area and you are looking for a dentist in Springfield, IL, or if you need a new dental home where you feel your needs are being met, we always warmly welcome new patients.

Our friendly team, professional approach to care and individualized treatment planning gives patients exactly what they need to feel they are always putting their best smile forward. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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