Preventative Dental Education
Dental education is an important part of our practice, and we can provide you with all the information you need to take care of your teeth and gums at home. Our education includes practical advice and tooth brushing and flossing demonstrations, dietary advice, and information about which tools to use to maintain optimal oral health. We always welcome questions about dental health, so be sure to talk to us if you have any concerns or need more information.
The Link Between Oral and Overall Health
Your dental health has a direct effect on your overall health. For example, periodontal disease has been linked to an increase in heart disease and snoring and sleep apnoea, can not only leave you fatigued but in severe cases can be life-threatening. There are also many cancers that can start in the mouth. At Dr Smile, we can offer advice and help with all these issues. We can provide you with solutions to protect your teeth when you are playing sports, and prevent damage to your teeth caused by grinding in your sleep. Speak to the Dr Smile team at your next appointment for information and advice regarding any of these problems.
What Your Mouth Says About Your Health
Recent medical research has shown that your dental health, and many conditions within the mouth, has a direct link to your overall health and wellbeing. From predicting heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth to revealing leukemia, eating disorders, or vitamin deficiencies, your teeth and gums can tell us a lot.
Receding or inflamed gums, cavities, tooth loss, and gingivitis can be indicators of other serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even the risk of having a premature or low-birthweight baby. That’s why often your dentist or dental hygienist will be the first person to identify a systemic health problem, thanks to the close attention they pay to your mouth. Your overall health, as well as your dental health, are equally important to us, which is why we recommend that you see your Dr Smile dentist regularly to identify signs of potential health problems.