PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

ORAL HEALTH + OVERALL HEALTH ARE MORE CONNECTED THAN YOU MAY REALIZE

YOUR SMILE IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS PEOPLE SEE + CAN MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION

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 mouthWhen 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, and drive socially and 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 and social well-being.

 

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 entry of bacteria into the bloodstream which may lead to other health problems

HEALTH MAINTENANCE + PREVENTION OF DISEASE

1. Brush + floss your teeth daily

2. Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth

3. Visit your dentist + hygienist routinely for check-up + cleaning appointments

4. Eat a healthy diet - avoiding excessive consumption of sugary + acidic foods

5. Do not smoke + if you do, ensure the maintenance of regular visits to the dentist

6. If pregnant, eat a healthy diet + maintain good oral health habits + routine visits to the dentist

7. Drink lots of water to hydrate + cleanse your mouth

HEALTH CONDITIONS

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE 

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

PREGNANCY + BIRTH

gum disease is linked to premature birth + low birth weights

it is vital to maintain optimal oral health before + during pregnancy

OSTEOPOROSIS

first stages of bone loss may show up in your teeth

gum disease is related to a reduction in bone mass + tooth loss

DIABETES

gum disease can disrupt  diabetic control causing blood sugar to rise

diabetics have a higher risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth + other oral infections

smokers with diabetes increase their risk of tooth loss by twenty times

RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS

inhaling bacteria from the mouth + throat can lead to pneumonia

plaque buildup on teeth creates dangerous bacteria that can be inhaled into the lungs

HIV/AIDS

ulcers, dry mouth, + painful lesions are common symptoms

severe gum infection may be one of the first signs of AIDS