Regular dentist visits can prevent heart disease


Regular dentist visits create good oral habits

Dental Health has been linked by several studies to affect human health in other areas of our bodies, not just teeth and our gums.

It is not a secret anymore that regular dental visits to get your teeth professionally cleaned can prevent plaque and tartar build up in your mouth. Regular teeth cleaning can also prevent gum disease and also lower the risk of other, more dangerous potential problems, such as issues with your heart. 

You can think about oral health as a first step in your overall digestive process. Teeth and saliva in your mouth help to break down food before you swallow it. If you have periodontal gum disease, missing teeth, bleeding or swollen gum line, you should schedule your dental appointment.

You should pay attention when you find a dentist that is encouraging good oral health and advising you to keep coming back for a regular dental checkup. Brushing and flossing alone is not sufficient for your oral health and this is the reason you should see a dental professional every four (4) months or at the very least dentist every six months.

Comprehensive dental exam

During your regular dental hygienist visit at our Burlington dentist office, you will get your teeth cleaned and polished. If you have any dental concerns that would be a time to talk to your dentist. When you see our hygienist regularly and when the time comes for your annual comprehensive dental exam, our dentist will check your overall oral health. The comprehensive exam consists of checks for tooth decay, oral cancer screening and your gum measurements. These measurements help to determine the health of your gums. Our dentist also checks the appearance observations of your teeth bite and always checks digital x-rays for possible hidden issues.

Link to other health problems

A new study by Finnish scientists was able to find a link between a root canal and gum disease (known as apical periodontitis) and higher risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). ACS is a condition that involves blocked blood flow to the coronary arteries.

Apical periodontitis is a condition characterized by inflammatory lesions of the pulp in the center of the tooth, most commonly triggered by infection. Dental caries, or tooth decay, are the most common cause of periodontitis or other gum diseases.

While periodontitis can cause pain, it may not present until later on in the infection. This means some people who have periodontitis are unaware they have it. In most cases, gum disease is uncovered unexpectedly through digital dental X-rays.

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