In case you didn’t know it, March 20 is World Oral Health Day. This year’s theme is, “Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health.” The purpose of recognizing this day is to acknowledge the important link between oral health and overall body health. At Highlands Ranch Smiles, Dr. Haynes wants all of her patients to be healthier, so her mission is to educate them on maintaining good oral health.
With that thought in mind, we want to give you more information on how good oral health benefits our bodies, plus give you some tips on how to keep your mouth healthy.
Keep your smile in good shape! Call our Highlands Ranch office today to schedule your next checkup: (720) 644-8186.
Learn More About Oral Health and Its Vital Role
Most of us know the value of a bright smile as far as our appearance goes – clean teeth and a healthy mouth give us more confidence when talking to friends and meeting new people. Many people, however, may not be aware that untreated dental and oral issues can cause major problems in other systems in our body.
Gum disease, for example, can cause serious problems if not stopped. Research has shown a link between gum disease and several major ailments in the body – including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even some forms of cancer. Gum disease may also play a role in causing preterm labor in pregnant women, as well as low birth weights for babies.
In its simplest form, gum disease is infection below the gum line. Improper brushing and flossing and lack of routine dental care are often the culprits behind gum disease.
Poor oral hygiene causes plaque buildup on your teeth, which left unchecked forms tartar. Tartar leads to gingivitis, early-stage infection below the gumline.
If disease-causing bacteria are allowed to keep growing, pockets of infection will begin to form between your tooth roots and gum. This more advanced gum disease is known as periodontitis.
At this stage, bacteria from periodontitis has the potential to cause much bigger problems – as if the pain, swelling, and bleeding gums that may be present weren’t enough. Through the bloodstream, bacteria can travel to other areas of the body and damage the heart, or make regulating blood sugar difficult if you’re diabetic.
To eliminate advanced gum disease, Highlands Ranch Smiles offers nonsurgical gum disease treatment in our office. We will perform a gentle but thorough deep cleaning of your tooth roots below the gumline to rid your mouth of infection.
This procedure is generally pain-free, but for our anxious patients, we offer sedation and a relaxed office environment to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Benefit From a Full Set of Teeth
Did you know that people who keep all their natural teeth live on average 10 years longer than those who don’t?
People with a full set of teeth are able to enjoy a bigger variety of foods, including crunchy, healthy vegetables. Plus, having all your teeth allows you to chew food more thoroughly, which aids in digestion and leads to fewer stomach problems.
Tooth loss also leads to bone loss. When we lose a tooth, the jawbone in that area begins to deteriorate without a tooth root to stimulate it. As you continue to lose jawbone, your facial structure will actually change, and you’ll have a more sunken appearance, making you look older than you really are.
Good oral hygiene will help you keep your teeth white, healthy, and intact. However, if you have already experienced tooth loss, Dr. Haynes and her staff offer a variety of restorative dentistry options so you can chew easier and enjoy eating again.
Take advantage of dental implants, which act as replacement tooth roots and stop bone loss. We can use implants to create a custom restoration for you, including crowns, bridges, or dentures securely to the implants.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
To keep your smile in good working order, as well as prevent potentially serious disease, maintain good oral hygiene habits, including:
- Brushing and flossing daily. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes. Floss once daily – at bedtime is best.
- Scheduling dental cleanings and exams at least every six months. Our experienced dental team will clean plaque and bacteria from your teeth, plus check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral problems.
- Avoiding sugary, starchy foods. Sugar in your food leads to plaque buildup on your teeth. Avoiding sweets will make it easier to keep your teeth free from plaque and disease-causing bacteria.
We want all of our patients to understand the importance of maintaining good oral health. Call our office at (720) 644-8186 If you have any questions, or to schedule your next checkup.