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· Prioritize your family’s oral health
· Remove any stains, plaque, and tartar build-up
· Catch dental issues early on
· Build a trusting relationship with your dentist
· Foster healthy hygiene habits from a young age.
As oral health care experts, dentists provide insight into not only the state of your dental health, but, in some cases, your overall health, as well. How? Studies have shown that mouth bacteria – particularly the type found in infected gums – have the ability to travel through the body. The greater the infection, the more the patient is at risk for having bacteria enter their bloodstream. And when it’s made that transition, they can experience:
· higher levels of arterial plaque that slows blood flow, boosting heart attack and stroke risk
· activate a hormone that may cause pre-term birth
· increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
· heighten your kidney cancer risk
· worsen respiratory disease symptoms
· affect rheumatoid arthritis
· and so much more!
Because they’re highly trained in all areas of oral health care, dentists tend to be the first to spot signs of conditions like osteoporosis, oral cancers, diabetes, hypertension, and more. What’s more, recent surveys have reported that many dentists are actively involved in educating patients on a host of overall health issues.
What happens during a checkup?
We’re often asked: “Why do you ask about my medical information?” Though it may not seem important for us to know this information, we ask questions for many of the same reasons your primary medical provider does. Our goal is always to ensure that we provide the dental treatments that will best meet your unique needs.
By gaining insight into your medical history, we’re better able to understand if existing conditions may affect how we approach your dental care. A variety of conditions – including diabetes, heart disease, hemophilia, drug reactions, anemia, thyroid conditions, allergies, pregnancy, hormonal disorders, and autoimmune disease may require that we use precautions while caring for your smile.
Your medical history is additionally important due to the fact that many conditions initially present symptoms in the mouth. Lumps, discoloration, sores, irritation, and/or infection can all develop here and may indicate that your body is experiencing issues you may not be aware of.
Everyone at Lifetime Dental at Sevenoaks is dedicated to optimizing your health, and to earning your trust. Our focus is on doing all we can to help every member of your family maximize their health.
Have questions about family dentistry? Get in touch with us today! We’ll work with your schedule to ensure you’re seen as soon as possible.