December 13, 2016
The health of your teeth, gums and their related bone structure influences your systemic health. Conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and improper dental bite impact how the rest of your body functions. Dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block, relates the connection between dental health and systemic well-being and recommends ways to keep you completely healthy.
The Oral/Systemic Connection
Dr. James Block, third generation family dentist in Fremont, maintains the condition of your teeth, gums, bite, and facial muscles influences your systemic health–either positively or adversely. In fact, he has special interest in the study of neuromuscular dentistry and how your entire face functions. That’s one of the reasons why he urges his patients of all ages to have semi-annual oral examinations and hygienic cleanings.
This highly trained neuromuscular dentist checks for:
- Tooth decay
- Dental bite
- Jaw joint function (TMJ)
- Condition of restorations such as fillings and crowns
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer, one of today’s most prevalent and dangerous health issues
Dr. Block understands that left unchecked, small oral health problems become more complex and expensive to treat. Plus, they change the rest of your physiology.
An example is gum disease, or periodontitis. When sticky plaque and hard tartar accumulate at the gumline, soft tissue becomes infected and deteriorates. Teeth loosen, and underlying jaw bone recedes. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that the oral bacteria and accompanying inflammation contribute to devastating health conditions such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type-2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
- Low birth weight infants and other pregnancy complications
- Asthma and respiratory infections
Even deteriorating restorations, such as crowns and fillings, and a poor dental bite can complicate oral and systemic health. Misaligned teeth frequently cause headaches, jaw pain, sinus issues, neck and back discomfort and other maxillofacial problems.
Keeping Yourself Healthy
Dr. James Block and his team highly recommend thorough, six-month dental cleanings for all their patients, whatever the age and walk of life. Cleanings remove the plaque and tartar that contain the microorganisms that infect and destroy gum tissue.
Tooth scaling and root planing smooth root surfaces, allowing gum tissue to heal. The dentist can instill antibiotics to cure the infection. More advanced cases can benefit from soft tissue laser treatment. This comfortable procedure debrides gums and speeds healing without cutting and without sutures.
Combining proper hygiene with a healthy makes for attractive and durable smiles. Less sugar and more lean meats, fresh fruits and fibrous vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy help teeth and gums stay intact and bright. Healthy eating builds better systemic health, too.
Get to the Dentist!
Keep current with your oral health routines. Your mouth needs regular care. Your smile will look and feel great, and your overall health will thrive. Contact James Block Dentistry to set-up your six-month cleaning and check-up.
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