Oil Changes and Dental Exams

Have you ever thought about how much your body is like your car? I mean, think about it. Your “engine” is your heart, lungs and other vital organs. The food you eat is like the fuel that you put into your car. If you put in cheap gas that has impurities in it, your engine doesn’t run as well as it should. The oil that lubricates your moving parts in your car is similar to the blood running through your veins and the water that makes up 70% of your body. I could go on and on with the comparison but you probably get the point.

What would you tell someone who bought a brand new car, filled it with cheap gas and then drove it and drove it without doing any oil changes, tire rotations or changing filters and belts? Of course they are going to have problems with that car. It doesn’t matter how good the car was to begin with, without the proper maintenance, you will have problems. The dirty oil and filters won’t provide the lubrication needed and the engine and other parts will begin to break down.

The same thing goes with our bodies. We need to do preventive maintenance to keep our bodies healthy and performing up to their potential. We need to put in high quality fuel (nutritional food) and we need to regularly check to make sure everything is working well. For example, simply visiting the doctor for a yearly check-up could help prevent, or catch in the early stages, several diseases and conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.  A regular maintenance appointment with a mechanic can prevent, or catch in the early stages, many serious mechanical problems as well.

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One of the best, and easiest, ways to do preventive maintenance is to visit your dentist twice a year. Not only do dentists check for decay and periodontal disease in your mouth, they also can check your blood pressure, do an oral cancer screening and do a head and neck exam. Many diseases that affect your whole body show up in your mouth at an early stage. For example, a sudden change in the bleeding of your gums can be a huge indication that you might have diabetes. Oral cancer, one of the fastest growing types of cancer, can be identified in its earliest stages by an oral cancer screening.

Don’t put off your preventive maintenance in your body any more than you would put off getting your oil changed and tires rotated in your car. You are more important than your car.