Dentistry is changing at a fast pace. Technology and research is proving that optimal dental health is necessary for optimal overall health. In periodontics, the branch of dentistry that deals with the structures that surround and support the teeth, research is showing that there is a correlation between dental health and physical health. At All Dental Westborough, we are constantly training and learning about new breakthroughs in the dental field.
The Correlation Between Dental and Physical Infections
Studies have shown that when it comes to periodontal disease there is a long list of potential life-threatening systemic diseases that can occur. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, preterm babies and babies with low birth weight. For many years dentists just focused on the teeth and mouth. Now we are learning that the whole body is affected by diseases in the mouth.
What Can You Do About It?
When you make an appointment ensure that you or a family member are being examined for periodontal disease. This should be part of a comprehensive dental exam. It’s best to address the periodontal disease right away so it doesn’t lead to other health conditions. Your dentist will set up a treatment plan that may include antibiotics to fight the bacteria. It may also require a root planning and scaling procedure. Regardless, take your dentists advice and follow through with the treatment plan. This will ensure you have optimal oral health and no dental issues that could lead to other physical conditions. At All Dental Westborough, we are 100% committed to providing you with the best dental care.
Brush your teeth twice per day and floss at least once. See your dentist regularly and have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Make sure you are being examined for periodontal disease. If you haven’t been to a dentist and you have a physical condition that could be related to periodontal disease, speak to your doctor about it and make an appointment to see a dentist. Periodontal disease responds well to treatment if it isn’t too far advanced. To keep a healthy balance, you must keep your dental and physical well-being in check.
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