You should be aware of the fact that dental health plays a major role in affecting the overall health of the body. For the longest of time, the medical community has linked periodical disease to other more serious illnesses. When your teeth are diseased, you risk heart problems, diabetes and even other serious problems. So no matter how you look at it, your teeth are a major gateway to good health. If you visit a dentist on a regular basis you can preserve your overall health. If your dentist detects the abnormal disease they will explain what your options are for treatment. In some cases you may need to get teeth removed, but if your disease is just beginning, your dentist will not have to resort to extreme surgery. You need to get an annual dentist exam for the normal teeth. In the meantime, you should thoroughly clean your gums with regular flossing and brushing.