Dental health is more than a pretty smile. Everyone is at risk for Periodontal Disease and more than 75% of the population has it and does not know.
Gum Disease is Linked with:
- Heart disease
- Heart disease
What Can You Do?
- It’s all about bacteria
- It can be managed easier than you think
- It MUST be managed
The first step is to find out the extent of this silent disease. Contact us for a FREE risk assessment, yes FREE. If not for yourself, do it for you loved ones.
7 Basic Questions About Oral Health:
1. Do I have significant periodontal and/or dental problems that could possibly contribute to my general health? What is the “state” of my oral health?
The three major oral diseases of concern are dental decay [cavities], periodontal disease [gum/bone disease] and oral cancer. In their early stages, all three are painless. There are no obvious signs except for tooth sensitivity with dental decay, bleeding gums with periodontal disease, or discolored or unhealed oral sores with oral cancer. When the condition does become painful, the disease is probably quite advanced.
2. If so, what is my gum disease, bone disease or dental problem?
A sore mouth may affect your chewing and nutrition, reducing your body’s immune system’s ability to combat disease in the rest of your body.
Bleeding gums allow oral bacteria to leak into your body. These bacteria can eventually travel to any major organ or blood vessel in you body.
Think of the consequences – the bad bacteria that cause gum disease, stuck in your brain, or heart – infecting and inflaming those organs.
3. What are the best treatment options for my problems?
Obviously, prevention is the best treatment – disrupting the biofilm [bacteria] on teeth and gums with brush, floss, and other oral cleaning devices.
When problems are detected early, conservative treatments such as fillings and cleanings may resolve the problem.
As oral health deteriorates due to delay or neglect, treatment solutions may be more complex – crowns, root canals, surgery, and possible extraction of teeth. Sometimes specialized or advanced treatment may be necessary to resolve an oral problem.
It is also important to realize that disease treatment does not have to be ugly. Decayed or broken teeth can be repaired to look beautiful; crooked teeth can be straightened; healthy gums look more attractive than bleeding red gums; missing teeth can be replaced with implants and other treatments.
4. What can happen if I do not get the care that I need?
The consequences of not receiving care can be as simple as losing teeth for dental decay or gum disease. Missing teeth make chewing more difficult.
Cancer treatment can be much more devastating when detected in it moderate or advanced stage. It could be fatal.
More importantly are the body wide consequences. Infected and inflamed oral tissues may lead to heart attacks [bacteria in heart tissues], stroke [infection in brain], diabetes [infected pancreas], and clogged arteries.
5. What improvements in my health can I reasonably expect from the recommended treatment?
Health improvements depend on the form of treatment applied to teeth and gums. Home care is more important to battle bacteria and plaque. Good treatment and home care will result in good health.
6. How much will treatment cost, and what are my options for paying it?
Treatment fees vary depending on the complexity of the treatment. The dental practice should have several options for meeting the financial requirements of treatment.
7. What else can I do on my own, at home, with “self-care” to improve my oral health?
There are a number of products available to help you with home care.
Does your doctor have home care products available? Are there other modalities for keeping a healthy mouth other than brush and floss? What over the counter products can be recommended to efficiently and economically care for one’s mouth?
After all, if you cannot care for you mouth at home, then no kind of professional dental treatment is going to do it for you. And to be very blunt, the bacteria do not care what your excuse may be for avoiding proper home care.
Certainly you may have other questions to ask a dentist. It is important that you understand the effect that dental disease can have on your mouth, your body, and your wallet. More importantly, dental disease waits for no one, and the longer you delay, the more costly the consequences – for you mouth, your body, and your wallet.