Updated: Apr 10, 2019
If your shin bone is connected to your knee bone, and your knee bone is connected to your thighbone, why do so many dentists still treat teeth and the mouth as if they are not connected to anything?
The mouth is one of the gateways to the rest of the body and anything that goes on there must surely influence and be influenced by what’s going on elsewhere.
If you think about it, whatever you eat ends up in your stomach and then your intestines, and then your bloodstream. And, equally, whatever you breathe in through your mouth will go into your lungs, where it can also get into your bloodstream, without first passing through the bath of acid that is your stomach.
That’s why, at Healthy Smile Centre, we believe in taking a whole-body system approach to your dental health. As a popular dentist in Alexandria, we are very aware of our responsibilities towards our patients.
We know about the research that continues to find connections between oral and general health. Let’s take gum disease as a good example. It starts off with a build-up of plaque that leads to inflammation and bleeding of the gums and erosion of the tooth roots and jawbone and tooth loss.
But gum disease doesn’t just affect your gums and mouth. It can also increase your risk of suffering from other serious problems such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. It also has links with problems in pregnancy and dementia.
And now the good news
The good news is that it is easy to avoid gum disease if you keep up a diligent twice-daily brushing routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste removes the build-up of plaque that is the cause of gum disease. It also gets rid of trapped food.
Plus, you need to come to your dentist in Alexandria for bi-annual check-ups and regular plaque removal sessions with the hygienist here. Do that and you stand a much greater chance of avoiding diseases of the body that are linked to problems in the mouth.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.