At BRUSH Modern Dentistry, preventive dentistry is at the core of everything my team, and I do. We not only focus on your dental health but also how it affects your overall well-being. This includes preventive cleanings and examinations, but it might also include education on nutrition and how living a healthy lifestyle promotes wellness.
With so much information available on the connection between oral health and the relationship it has with overall health, I can certainly tell you that taking charge of your dental health is essential for your wellness.
What Is the Oral-Systemic Connection?
Studies over the years have shown there is a direct correlation between the bacteria that cause gum disease and that which is causing issues like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and dementia. Essentially they are the same and having gum disease can contribute to cardiovascular problems and vice versa, for example.
Taking good care of your dental health truly promotes excellent overall health and well-being.
Why Is Preventive Care Important?
When you visit my team at BRUSH Modern Dentistry for preventive care in Frisco, a few important things happen. I will perform a thorough examination and screening for issues like gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay every six months. I can detect these concerns in their earliest stages, often before you may even notice any symptoms, which allows you a better chance of eliminating the issue with less complicated procedures.
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth, and if I can detect it early, you may be able to reverse your condition with a professional cleaning and an improved care routine at home, before the disease contributes to other concerns in your body.
When you receive a cleaning from our hygienist, she will remove the plaque and bacteria that cause many of these same conditions, giving you a clean slate to improve your home care routine.
Signs to Look for
If you are struggling with gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, you may notice a few signs:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Gums that look red, swollen, or irritated
If you are noticing these symptoms at home, please contact BRUSH Modern Dentistry right away to schedule a cleaning and checkup. The earlier we can detect gum disease, the better.
If you are suffering from periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease, you may notice:
- Your gums are starting to recede
- You experience pain or tenderness when biting or chewing
- Your teeth may begin to feel mobile or loose
My team is well-equipped to help patients manage periodontitis with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and bacteria buildup from below the gum line. I may also recommend that we use our dental laser to eliminate diseased tissue, and we may also deliver antibiotic therapy. Surgery with a specialist is best for patients with severe periodontitis.
We are here for all of your preventive needs! If you have questions about your dental health or it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact my team today at (214) 494-9298.