Taking care of your teeth and gums isn’t just about preventing cavities or bad breath. The mouth is a gateway into your body’s overall health. Unhealthy bacteria in the mouth can not only harm teeth and gums, but may be associated with severe medical conditions. Research has shown that infections in your mouth may be associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems. At regular exams we check the condition of your teeth and gums. Cavities and periodontal disease risk is evaluated. Risk factors such as plaque control, tooth sensitivity, teeth grinding, smoking habits, and medications are considered when putting together your best disease prevention plan.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. If it is severe, it can destroy the tissue and bond, leading to tooth loss. It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. Evaluations are completed at regular dental exams. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed.
Teeth grinding often occurs unconsciously while sleeping. It can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw. Night guards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage caused by grinding.
At regular visits, the dentist will talk to you about your health history and examine the entire mouth including the tongue, floor of the mouth, palate, lips and gum tissue for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer.
Medications, certain health conditions, history of head and neck radiation can lead to dry mouth Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other oral health problems become more common. The dentist will help identify the cause of your dry mouth and make disease prevention recommendations based on the extent of your dry mouth.
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