Can Not Seeing the Dentist Make You Sick?

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It used to be that dentists just fixed teeth and made dentures so people could eat and smile, but things are different now.

Scientific research has shown that poor oral health can contribute to major conditions like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and more.  These are all serious conditions that can shorten your life and impact the quality of the time you have left.

The biggest culprit is periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, which is an infection in your gums.  The inflammation caused by this infection, even when it is low grade, is what scientists believe to be the link to these major medical conditions.

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that can be maintained, but not cured. We see it most often in smokers, diabetics, and people who have not seen the dentist in a year or more. But don’t be fooled, you may have it too. The CDC did a study in 2010 that showed about 65% of the adult population has it. We wouldn’t be surprised if those numbers have gone up since then.

The best way to prevent or treat gum disease and protect your health is to brush and floss daily and see your dentist and hygienist at recommended intervals. 

So, when you feel like skipping your dental appointment or if fear or money are keeping you away, think again.  It is not just about your teeth.  Not seeing the dentist could negatively impact your overall health.

If you are looking for a new dentist or are concerned about your oral health, give us a call.  (865) 922-1613

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Dentistry is Not Just about Teeth Anymore

 

heart health gum diseaseDentistry used to be about fixing teeth and helping people be able to eat for their lifetime.  But, things have changed.

New research shows that inflammation and chronic low-grade infections contribute to many of our major life threatening conditions.  The list includes diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.  All things we want to avoid if we plan on being on this earth very long.

Our mouths are one of the most common places where the infection and inflammation occur.  Periodontal  gum disease is a chronic  infection that affects about 80% of the adult population. And, while we have always known it was the number one cause of tooth loss, we now know that the stakes are even higher.

So, take care of yourself by taking care of your teeth.  See your dentist and hygienist regularly at the frequency they recommend and don’t delay dental work unless you have to.  Dentistry is not just about teeth anymore.