Dentistry can help give us confidence to smile and feel good about ourselves. Tooth whitening, veneers, crowns and orthodontics can make a difference in appearance and well-being.
Even more, dentistry can improve overall health.
There are so many connections between oral health and overall health! Our mouths are both an early warning system and a window to the health of our heart, our circulation, and our healthy well-being.
A dental exam gives us the chance to recognize potentially serious conditions—diabetes, HIV, Sjogren's syndrome, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer of the mouth, neck and throat, and other conditions that can manifest in the head and neck region, even before they become apparent to the family physician. And there’s an increasingly strong link between gum disease and the risk of heart problems, stroke, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile disfunction and cancer. That’s a lot.
That’s why regularly scheduled dental appointments are so critical. Dentists are trained to recognize early warning signals and alert us to seek further treatment, before the problem grows out of control.