Complete Health Dentistry – Carlsbad, CA
Taking Care of Your Mouth Can Improve Your Overall Health
What you put in your mouth has a lot to do with your overall health. For example, you can choose to have fresh fruit for a snack—or potato chips. But did you also know that the condition of your mouth could have a tremendous impact on your body? It’s true. There is a strong connection between oral and general health. Keep your mouth healthy and your chances of having a healthy body are greater.
With this in mind, Dr. Shelton believes in and practices Complete Health Dentistry, which integrates all areas of dental medicine in order to bring harmony to the mouth and body. At Polished General Dentistry, we offer patients:
- A clean and attractive smile
- Cavity detection and treatment
- Gum disease therapy to stop the spread of this bacterial infection
- Oral cancer screening
All of these services allow you to have better overall health.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Polished General Dentistry has a comprehensive menu of dental services to help you take care of your mouth and your body.
Regular Dental Checkups. Everyone in your family should see the dentist at least twice each year for a professional dental cleaning and examination. Along with your daily oral hygiene routine at home, these appointments go a long way to ensuring the health of your mouth.
Restorative Care. If a problem is discovered during a checkup, then Dr. Shelton will recommend the best restorative service. Cavities are the #1 dental problem, and a tooth-colored filling not only rebuilds the tooth, but prevents the spread of decay.
Gum Disease Therapy. Each checkup includes periodontal charting, so we can catch gum disease as early as possible. If gum disease is detected, then Dr. Shelton offers several methods of treatment including more frequent cleanings, scaling and root planing or topical antibiotics.
Oral Cancer Screening. We also screen for oral cancer at each one of your checkups. The dentist and her team visually examine all surfaces inside your mouth and palpate your neck and jaw for warning signs. When found early, oral cancer is highly treatable.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
While the oral-systemic connection generally refers to the health link between your mouth and your body, it specifically notes the bacteria in your mouth that cause periodontal disease.
Bacteria live in plaque, which can be removed with daily oral hygiene care. However, if you don’t bush and floss well every day, then plaque builds up between your teeth and along the gum line. Eventually, plaque Then, bacteria are stuck on and require professional periodontal therapy in order to be removed. Otherwise, gum disease is likely; bacteria begin to destroy gum and connective tissue and even bone tissue with time.
Many people with periodontal disease have bleeding gums. When this happens, oral bacteria could enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body. Similarly, you might inhale oral bacteria into your respiratory system. Consequently, the same bacteria that infect your gums may also make you more susceptible to:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Pregnancy Complications
A recent study has also found a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s.
Your dentist can help you avoid these health concerns. Call Polished General Dentistry to learn more about complete health dentistry or to schedule an appointment.