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Chiropractic and Dental Care Two Keys to Good Health

By Paul Rothbart

Staying healthy has several elements. Eating a balanced nutritious diet and avoiding excess sugar and fat is important. So is getting regular exercise and consistently good sleep. Good health also needs some help from the medical community. Annual physical examinations are a good idea and of course, you see a doctor if you are experiencing any problems. Two medical professions that are important but perhaps not fully appreciated are dentists and chiropractors. You may think of them as just tooth and back doctors, but they can have a much bigger impact on your health than you may think.

The Importance of Dentists

Toothaches are painful, distracting, and annoying, and most people want to have a good smile. This is why many people see a dentist. However, the importance of the twice-yearly checkup and X-rays cannot be understated. Food particles on the surface of and in between teeth break down over time and bacteria grow. They eat away at the enamel causing cavities. When the cavity is deep enough to get close to a nerve, you experience pain. This is not the only problem. The bacteria on your teeth can easily get into your bloodstream. Once there, they can travel to any part of your body causing infections and other problems that can be serious. Your blood travels to your heart and lungs. This is a great reason to see a dentist twice a year. 

The Importance of Chiropractors

Chiropractors do more than fix aching backs. Life can take quite a toll on your body. Whether you sit all day at work, stand, or do heavy labor, it can cause subluxation or other problems in the spine and joints. These issues are painful and can limit your mobility. A chiropractor is trained to find the problems with an examination and fix them with adjustments. This can relieve the pain and restore full mobility. Chiropractic care also helps some patients sleep better and manage stress more easily. This can improve physical and mental health.

The Two Together

Adding both the dentist and the chiropractor to your regular medical team pays dividends to your health. Tooth problems can cause tension in the jaw and lead to pain and headaches. The dentist can fix the teeth and the chiropractic can relieve the tension with adjustments. With cavities filled and the spine and neck adjusted, headaches often cease and you feel better. Both dentists and chiropractors can give you good advice and tips to help you maintain good health.

Staying healthy involves the help of medical professionals. Don't neglect the dentist and consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that chiropractic care and dentistry both contribute to your overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in McKinney, Tex.

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