April 27, 2017
The health of your teeth, gums and jaw bone influences your overall health. Tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and poor dental bite interplay with how the rest of you functions and feels. Your dentist in Wilton, Dr. Tom Pastor, teaches his patients the importance of good oral health and how it influences systemic well-being. Dental health is much more than a pretty smile.
Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health
Your dental team at Tyngtown Dental stress that what happens in your mouth influences your systemic health– either for better or for worse. That’s why Dr. Pastor recommend a semi-annual dental examination and teeth cleaning in Wilton for patients of all ages.
During a routine examination, Dr. Pastor checks for tooth decay, proper dental bite and jaw joint function, the condition of restorations such as fillings and crowns, the presence of gum disease and even oral cancer. Your dentist knows that left untreated, small oral health problems become big problems that are complex and costly.
Take, for example, gum disease. When plaque and tartar accumulate at and under the gumline, soft tissue eventually becomes so inflamed that it recedes. Teeth become mobile and the underlying bone deteriorates. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic state that the oral bacteria in plaque and tartar contribute to devastating health conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type-2 diabetes
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Asthma and respiratory infections
Even deteriorating restorations, such as crowns and fillings, and a poor dental bite can complicate oral health and contribute to its systemic effects. Misaligned teeth may cause headaches, jaw discomfort, sinus problems, neck and back pain and other health issues.
What Should You Do?
Dr. Pastor and his team at Tyngtown Dental advise semi-annual dental cleanings for all their patients. Cleanings remove sticky plaque and rock-hard tartar that contain the bacteria that ultimately destroy gum tissue, decay and loosen teeth and compromise the integrity of the jaw bone.
Manual tooth scaling and root planing at Tyngtown Dental smooth root surfaces, allowing gum tissue to reattach. The dentist often instills antibiotics to cure the infection, too.
In addition, patients of all ages need a good oral hygiene routine at home. For children through adults in their senior years, the American Dental Association (ADA) advises brushing twice daily and flossing between and around teeth once a day to remove the plaque and food residues.
Combining good hygiene with a healthy, balanced diet makes for attractive and long-lasting smiles. Less sugar and more lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy help teeth and gums stay intact and bright. Nutritious eating translates to better systemic health, too.
Come See Us Every Six Months
Keep your dental check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Pastor and his team. Your teeth and gums need regular care to stay healthy. Not only will your smile thank you, but your systemic health will as well. Why don’t you contact Tyngtown Dental today to set-up your appointment?
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