You might be surprised to learn that your oral health can have a direct effect on your overall health. In fact, research has shown that there are numerous correlations between oral health and general wellbeing. Our dentist provides comprehensive oral healthcare to help residents of our community enjoy vibrant oral health and optimal wellness.
Plaque, Periodontal Disease, and Chronic Health Conditions
The plaque that coats your teeth not only increases the risks for gum disease and tooth decay, but chronic overall health conditions as well. Plaque is a direct contributor to weakened tooth enamel, thus increasing the risk for cavities, and for the inflammation on the gingiva that causes periodontal disease.
Researchers have found that there are strong correlations between periodontal disease and a number of health conditions including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature birth
The exact link between these conditions and periodontal disease is unknown, but researchers believe it is linked to the inflammation present in the gingiva and the specific bacteria responsible for periodontal infection.
Practicing vigilant oral hygiene and receiving regular care from a dentist is important for preventing plaque accumulation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Achieving and maintaining vibrant oral health could help reduce your risks for these chronic health conditions.
Worn Dentition, TMJ Disorder, and Stress
The state of the hard tissue in your mouth can reveal a lot about your lifestyle and stress. Worn dentition is common – especially among people who grind and clench their teeth. This nervous habit, called bruxism, typically develops as a response to pain and stress.
Another condition, TMJ disorder, is tied to stress and bruxism as well. TMJ disorder can lead to frequent discomfort in the form of orofacial pain and headaches. This condition can greatly reduce quality of life.
If you suffer with worn dentition, bruxism, and TMJ disorder, our dentist can help. Our team might recommend stress reduction techniques, massage therapy, custom night guards, or restorations to rebuild worn and damaged teeth.
Make your oral health a priority by scheduling an appointment for a checkup and cleaning with our team at Crosspointe Dental & Orthodontics.