Regular visits with your dentist are a vital component of oral health. Just as important is the type of materials and procedures that your dentist uses. These days, we find many patients making the shift to a dentist who understands the connection between oral health and total wellness. This connection between the mouth and the rest of the body is important, and one we keep at the front of our minds as we visit with each one of our patients.
The oral systemic connection
If you are on the hunt for a holistic or biological dental provider, chances are you’ve read some of the many studies that have found a connection between oral issues such as gum disease and other medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and even cancer. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems, and in many cases is completely preventable.
Gum disease is classified into two stages: gingivitis and advanced periodontal disease. Gingivitis, the first stage includes symptoms such as swollen, tender, or bleeding gums and chronic bad breath. In most cases, gingivitis can be reversed when caught early. Advanced periodontal disease occurs as the gum tissue begins to separate from the teeth, leaving deep pockets. These pockets can become filled with plaque and bacteria, eventually leading to infection. Once infection occurs, patients are at a high risk of tooth loss and bone degeneration.
The best way to prevent gum disease is through oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits, along with quitting smoking and improving nutrition can help.
Tooth decay is a problem that can lead to cavities and have a negative impact on the body. Consuming a diet high in sugar and improper oral hygiene both contribute to tooth decay. Signs of cavities can include sensitivity to hot or cold, pain, or dark areas on the tooth.
The best way to prevent decay and disease is through proper brushing and flossing. Regularly scheduled dental exams are also important. Dental hygienists use specialized instruments that can reach areas below the gums that patients cannot. At Sacramento Natural Dentistry, we also use ozone gas below the gums to sterilize the pockets around the tooth below the gumline.
If you are in the Citrus Heights, CA area and are seeking a dentist who keeps your overall health in mind at all times, call us at (916) 823-8585 for a consultation.