Cedar City, UT Preventive Dentistry
Your First Line Of Defense
The condition of your mouth says a lot about your whole body. A healthy mouth reflects a state of overall a person's overall health, as poor oral health can point to problems in various body systems. Since dental problems are some of the most visible symptoms of diseases that can be dangerous or even life-threatening, your dentist should be one of the first lines of defense in your preventive dental care routine.
Research has found that about 90 percent of systemic diseases have some kind of oral symptoms. Whether it’s red and swollen gums or ulcers in the mouth.
Gum disease is an established risk factor for cardiovascular problems. People with gum disease have an increased risk of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, clogged arteries in the legs, and strokes involving insufficient blood flow to the brain.
Dental problems can lead to digestive problems. Digestion truly does begin in the mouth. Inflammation in the mouth gives bacteria easy access to the rest of the digestive system, potentially causing further inflammation and pain throughout the body.
Malocclusion (crooked teeth), missing teeth, and severely decayed teeth can also cause digestive problems. These conditions can prevent you from properly chewing your food, putting excessive strain on your stomach and bowels as they work harder to break it down.
loss, decay, and advanced gum disease can lead to bone problems.
Missing teeth cause the underlying jaw bone to deteriorate. Infection
in the teeth or gums also leads to bone loss as it progresses. When
the bone tissue is affected, your teeth can become loose or fall out
and your facial structure will begin to look sunken.
Some diseases that can be detected through oral symptoms include:
- Heart disease
- Oral cancer
- Kidney disease
- Pancreatic Cancer
Prevention Is The Best Medicine
This is where preventive dentistry comes in. By visiting our Cedar City, UT family dental office every six months for routine cleanings and exams, you allow us the ability to better monitor any health issues that you may currently have or that could be brewing. Through these exams, we can also detect jaw misalignment and poor hygiene or nutrition.
In many cases, we are often the first medical professionals to be able to detect and diagnose a health problem, which is why it’s so important to maintain regular visits. After all, the sooner we can detect an issue the easier it is to treat. Regular cleanings and exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy and help prevent oral health issues from developing.
When you come in for your first visit, it’s always important to provide us with all of your medical history including any current health issues you may have so that we know how to properly care for you and your smile. Of course, you also play a major role in your health, so it’s important that you also adopt good oral hygiene, maintain a healthy diet, and avoid tobacco.
If you start to experience any problems, like bleeding gums, chronic bad breath or tooth pain, it’s important that you see us right away so that we can provide the proper care to preserve and protect your beautiful smile for the rest of your life. Preventive dentistry and good oral hygiene are your ticket to a healthy, clean smile.
one is immune to oral or systemic diseases, which is why preventive
dentistry is so important. Regular cleanings and exams from Brown
Dental are vital
to achieving and maintaining good oral health.