Maintaining optimal oral health is a partnership between you and your dental providers. A perfectly healthy person visits their dentist every 6 months for routine dental check-ups and cleanings. But many factors can influence and change your oral health, possibly creating the need for more frequent visits.
At your Rochester, MN dental practice, we stress the importance of partnering with our dental professionals to reach an optimal level of oral health. From thorough cleanings and exams, to proper education on at-home tools and techniques, there are best practices you should take to help prevent dental disease. Education based on your unique medical history is key to keeping you healthy.
FACTORS THAT CAN SHIFT YOUR ORAL HEALTH
There are many systemic issues that can change your oral health from chronic stress to diabetes. Afterall, the body and the mouth are connected. Autoimmune conditions and inflammatory diseases such as heart disease can manifest in the mouth in the form of bleeding and inflamed gums. Diabetes is another condition making one more susceptible to periodontal disease and cavities. Chronic stress, illness, pregnancy, changes in diet, tobacco use, and vaping can all have detrimental effects on your oral health.
ORAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
By being aware of the health conditions and diseases that can cause oral health issues you can catch problems before things worsen. Bleeding gums are never normal and should be treated quickly. If you notice bleeding, red or inflamed gingival tissue then you most likely have a form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease caught early is reversable. However, if it is given time to progress, irreversible damage such as tooth loss can occur. Another problematic condition is acid reflux. If you are experiencing a burning sensation in the chest or throat, then you are more likely to develop cavities due to the acidic environment. Dry mouth, a symptom of many autoimmune conditions and medications, often leads to an increase in decay. There are many conditions that promote dental disease if not properly monitored. Our dental team will help educate you based on your medical history.
The first step is to schedule your dental visit so that we can review your medical history and properly diagnose and treat any problems. For more severe cases of periodontal disease, we offer periodontal scaling and root planning procedures. Many patients that are experiencing systemic conditions such as diabetes benefit from more frequent cleanings to control the disease process. If cavities are present, we provide tooth-colored fillings. Our team is skilled at understanding the link between dental and overall health. We will partner with you to best understand how to treat your unique situation.
SPEAK WITH YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
We love to see our patients take their dental health seriously. If you would like to learn more about the services we offer or book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.