July 30, 2016
Going to the dentist can take time out of your busy day, which may feel frustrating and you may not want to go, however did you know that your six-month cleaning and check ups are more important than ever? Physicians and dentists alike agree that our oral health is connected to our overall health and well being. By maintaining optimum oral health, you are also ensuring the good health of your entire body. This is why your dentist in Fremont reminds you not to miss your six-month check up!
What is the Oral Systemic Connection?
Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked with other serious health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It’s been shown that gum disease contributes to these conditions, and patients with these health issues are also more likely to have gum disease. This is known as the oral systemic connection.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up and causes your gums to separate from your teeth and allow bacteria below the gum line. This bacteria causes an infection to your gum tissue and bone, and can lead to bone tooth loss if not effectively treated. It’s also this bacteria that can get into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body, which contributes to the other health issues.
How is This Connected to My Six Month Check Ups?
Gum disease is relatively silent and it moves gradually, in fact many patients aren’t even aware of it. Your dentist can actually detect it much earlier than you can, and you’ll be screened for it at every cleaning and check up appointment, as well as screened for oral cancer and tooth decay. All of these dental conditions are much more easily treated in their early stages, ensuring that you receive the least invasive and costly treatment.
Your hygienist will also remove excess plaque build up during your cleaning appointment. Plaque is the starting point of periodontal disease and tooth decay, so attending your regular cleaning appointments is very important.
At James Block Dentistry, we are your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. Our highly skilled hygiene team will educate you about your oral health and offer tips and suggestions that will help you get the most out of your home care routine and keep gum disease and tooth decay at bay. Dr. James Block offers high quality dentistry with a gentle touch, so if you should have a tooth in need of repair, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
Don’t miss your six-month appointment, your health is too important to risk! Give us a call today to schedule.
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