When you think about a dental checkup, you mainly think about your teeth. While these visits are essential for avoiding tooth decay and other oral health issues, keeping your smile healthy also impacts the rest of your body. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist is taking a close look at the importance of a checkup for your overall health.
The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health
Everyone knows that poor gum health and could cause gum disease, and that this disease is linked to sore or red gums that bleed easily. However, did you know that untreated periodontal disease could also impact your overall health, increasing the risk of cardiovascular issues, such as stroke, heart attack, heart disease, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, and even diabetes? You could also be more likely to develop tooth loss too! Cavities and other oral health issues could lead to painful infections, and lack of routine care could mean issues like oral cancer remain unidentified until later stages develop that threaten your overall health.
The Exam Process
We will carefully examine your smile using advance imaging technology, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. These detailed images mean we can diagnose issues imperceptible to the naked eye, such as cracked teeth, minor chips, wear and friction that could indicate bruxism (teeth grinding), and cavities and oral cancer. We also watch for signs of poor gum health too. Once we identify these issues, usually in the very early stages if you attend routine checkups, then we create a personalized treatment plan to enable us to treat your concerns and enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean
During these visits, we also clean your teeth too. A dental cleaning means we carefully remove all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove plaque, and unless this buildup is removed, the risk of cavities and gum disease increases significantly. The process only takes a few minutes, and is capped off with a thorough dental polishing. You enjoy fresher breath and brighter smiles too! If you have any questions about our checkup and cleaning visits, or about the link between your smile’s health and you’re your body’s, the contact our team today. We would love to help you enjoy a whole and functional smile, and we’re taking major health and safety precautions to protect our patients and team members.
We Can’t Wait to See You!
Our team is ready to help you enjoy strong and healthy smiles with routine care! To learn more about our approach to preventive and general dental care, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.