As more information emerges about the link between oral health and overall health, we understand that there has never been a more important time to take charge of your oral health. Did you know that routine visits to Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, your North York dentist, could improve your overall health? Here’s how:
The Oral Systemic Link
We now understand that the bacteria that causes periodontal (gum) disease is directly linked to other health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and vice versa. This means that maintaining optimum oral health is also promoting good overall health. Your routine cleaning and check-ups every six months are your first line of defense against gum disease since we screen for it at every check-up.
What is Periodontal Disease?
The oral systemic connection is easier to understand when you know what periodontal disease is and what causes it. Gum disease is essentially the infection of the soft tissues and bone that support your teeth. It occurs when excessive plaque build-up causes your gum tissue to separate from your tooth. This allows harmful bacteria below the gum line, which causes the infection. It is this bacteria that also enters your bloodstream, travels to other areas of your body, and contributes to other health conditions.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and when we detect it early on our patients have a better chance of effectively treating it with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care. Some patients are even able to reverse their gingivitis.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease and will require a deeper cleaning to manage your condition. If it’s left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Your Six-Month Cleanings and Exams
There are a few important things that happen at your routine visit every six months. We’ll screen for dental issues such as gum disease, oral cancer, tooth decay, and cavities at every check-up. Next, our hygienists will take the time to remove the excessive plaque build-up that causes gum disease and tooth decay. Our goal is to help you prevent many dental issues from happening in the first place so you can maintain your oral health, and in turn your overall health.
Contact North York Dental
We look forward to being your partners in excellent dental health. Give your family dentist in North York a call today to schedule your next appointment.