We continue to see more and more research confirming what we already know: good oral health is important for good overall health. The most effective things we can do to maintain our oral health are simple preventive measures, which are easy and relatively inexpensive.
Importance of Regular Preventive Care
Regular professional dental cleanings and exams are very important to your overall health. Some medical conditions have warning signs that can appear in the mouth. Diabetes, oral cancer, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies, and hormonal irregularities are some examples. By identifying changes in your mouth, we can help detect health problems at a stage when they can be treated most successfully.
Consistent dental visits can also help detect periodontal disease. Most individuals are unaware of this disease because it doesn’t always hurt. Besides affecting the tissues and bones that support teeth, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk during pregnancy.
Regular dental examinations are also important for patients that wear dentures. This enables us to screen for oral cancer and evaluate the fit of the dentures.