PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

ORAL HEALTH & OVERALL HEALTH ARE MORE CONNECTED THAN YOU MAY REALIZE.

Studies have shown that your oral health is connected to many other health conditions beyond your mouth. Often, the first sign of disease may show up in your mouth.

Your smile is one of the first things people see & can make a lasting impression. When you have good oral health, not only are there positive effects on your overall health, but there is an increase in your confidence, self-esteem & drive socially & professionally. However, when one’s oral health is poor, their quality of life is directly impacted. Oral discomfort, missing or broken teeth, or oral infection influence the ways one speaks, eats and socializes. Ultimately, reducing the quality of one’s physical, mental & social well-being.

Health Maintenance & Prevention of Disease

What You Can Do

  • brush and floss your teeth daily
  • an antimicrobial mouth rinse will help reduce the bacteria in your mouth
  • visit the dentist regularly
  • eat a healthy diet
  • do not smoke and if you do, be sure to visit the dentist regularly
  • pregnant women should eat healthy foods and maintain good oral health before and during their pregnancy
  • drink lots of water for hydration and cleansing your mouth
  • maintain regular check-ups with your dentist and cleanings with your dental hygienist.

Health Conditions

  • adult gum disease may increase the risk of stroke and heart attack
  • increased risk of clotting problems in the cardiovascular system

 

  • gum disease can disrupt  diabetic control causing blood sugar to rise
  • diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth and other oral infections
  • smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times

 

  • ulcers, dry mouth, and painful lesions are common symptoms
  • severe gum infection may be one of the first signs of AIDS
  • inhaling bacteria from the mouth and throat can lead to pneumonia
  • plaque buildup on teeth creates dangerous bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs
  • gum disease is linked to premature birth and low birth weights
  • it is vital to maintain optimal oral health before and during pregnancy
  • first stages of bone loss may show up in your teeth
  • gum disease is related to a reduction in bone mass and tooth loss

The Connection

Normal bacteria found in your mouth is kept under control with good oral care such as brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist.  Your saliva also contributes to bacterial and virus control.  Some harmful bacteria can grow out of control and lead to gum disease or “periodontitis”.

Healthy gums will keep normal bacteria in your mouth and not allow it to enter your bloodstream.  However, gum disease provides an entry of the bacteria into the bloodstream which may lead to other health problems.

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