Oral Vs. Overall Health
How Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health
Most people understand how taking good care of their teeth and gums leads to a healthy and beautiful smile. What many don’t know is how poor oral hygiene can negatively impact one’s overall health, as bacteria advances to the point of infection and spreads throughout the body.
It is important for patients to recognize how a healthy mouth reduces the onset of systemic complications such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke. Both dentists and doctors alike are eager for their patients to better comprehend how healthy habits benefit all aspects of a person -- the connection between oral and systemic health.
Healthy Gums for a Healthy Heart
Those experiencing gingivitis probably recognize that a better brushing and flossing routine could have prevented the onset. Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, occurs when plaque buildup causes bacteria to become trapped underneath the gum line developing into an infection. Early treatment can reverse the effect, and a renewed commitment to proper oral health care helps avoid future complications.
If left untreated, gum disease can develop into its more harmful stages, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The risk of infection potentially entering the bloodstream and hardening the arteries increases. Hardened arteries decrease the blood flow, leading to potential heart complications such as heart disease or stroke. A highly trained dental professional can provide treatment to help reduce the negative oral and overall impact of the infection.
Other Important Health Connections
Addressing oral infections early on is beneficial in preventing other systemic health complications. Infections caused by gum disease can travel to the brain through nerve channels, leaving one susceptible to developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. If the infection travels to the lungs, risk of respiratory complications such as pneumonia is increased.
Gum disease and diabetes have an established connection, and inflamed gums can result in an increased difficulty to maintain blood sugar while also worsening periodontitis symptoms. Additionally, pregnant women are advised by their obstetrician to keep a close eye on their oral care and well-being to avoid potential complications during pregnancy and the birthing process. Gum disease has been known to cause health concerns in newborns such as low birth weight.
Make an Appointment Today!
Don’t let a poor tooth and gum care routine negatively impact your oral and overall health. If you require treatment for gum disease and live in Encinitas or surrounding communities, Dr. Mario Godinez and his meticulous staff provide treatments which not only improve your oral health, but have a positive effect on your overall well-being as well. Call to set up an appointment today!
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
In modern dentistry, there are sedation options available that are non-invasive and meant to help you relax during dental appointments while remaining conscious and responsive. At Mario A Godinez, DDS, INC, we provide patients with sedation to help them have a positive experience and alleviate dental anxieties. This influences patient’s outlook on future dentist visits and can help them overcome their dental phobias.
Do I Need Dental Sedation?
If fear and anxiety have you feeling apprehensive about the dentist, you may need sedation to create a calming experience during your next appointment. There are multiple sedative options available, but one of the most popular ones is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This form of sedation utilizes a mask for the patient to breathe in the nitrous, euphoric and relaxed shortly after having it administered. Nitrous is easily reversible, so there are no lingering side effects once the mask is removed. This means you will be able to go about your day normally after you have received dental care.
Benefits of Sedation
When our dentist provides you with nitrous oxide before your procedure, you’ll experience no discomfort when you use this inhaled form of sedative. You are fully aware of the dental services you are receiving, but there is a sort of disconnect from your mind and body. You can actively respond to the dentist’s instructions, but your memory seems cloudy when remembering the treatment itself.
The use of nitrous can help build a natural confidence for future cleanings and exams. As you grow comfortable with the dental office during your uses of nitrous oxide, you may be able to wean yourself from utilizing sedation.
Why Should I get Dental Sedation?
If your dental phobia has you avoiding scheduling regular visits to the dentist, you leave yourself susceptible to a variety of oral health complications. By regularly visiting the dentist, you not only benefit from a healthy and functional smile, but you could save yourself from the potential of costly and extensive treatment.
Contact Us in Encinitas Today!
For more information on how to make your next dental appointment an enjoyable one, call us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mario A. Godinez in Encinitas. He enjoys helping patients overcome their dental fears and commit to a healthy and consistent oral health routine.
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