Besides receiving Treatments from Your Dentist, he/she can also be an advisor by showing you how to brush and floss, suggest foods/beverage to stay away from and how you can further protect against cavities and gum disease.
Per the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), oral health can impact your body’s health and vice versa, and we have some examples for you below.
• Our mouths are filled with bacteria which can contribute to inflammation and periodontitis, which is a nasty gum disease.
• Some diseases can lower your body’s ability to fight off infection. These include diabetes and AIDS.
• A recent study by the American Dental Associated (ADA) indicates that 40 percent of people with gum disease, tend to also have another chronic illness.
• Heart disease and pregnancy can also have an impact on your oral health.
• While still involved in a bit of controversy, there is some evidence that women with osteoporosis have gum disease more often than those who do not.
• Bacteria from gingivitis can enter the brain through nerve channels in the head or through the bloodstream, that might lead to dementia, or the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Smoking results in restricting blood vessels, which can lead to trouble fighting infection.
• And there are studies currently being conducted to determine if gum disease is a contributor to rheumatoid arthritis, lung condition and obesity.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) suggests taking your children to the dentist for the first time within six months of their first tooth sighting. Or no later than one year of age. It’s important to get them started early to avoid issues or at least catch them early before extensive damage is done.
We mentioned earlier that some dentists may need additional educational training and a residency to specialize in areas of dentistry.
• Pediatric dentists specialize in children’s oral health care. This is where the child’s teeth are growing and developing. A child will usually been seen by a pediatric dentist through their teenage years.
• Endodontist specialize in root canals and conditions of the dental pulp.
• Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are what orthopedic surgeons are to our bones, specialists of impacted teeth and facial surgery.
• Orthodontists correct abnormalities like crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, over/under bites and jaws. This is the dentist you should see for braces.
• Periodontist are all about healthy gums, implants and bone regeneration.
• Prosthodontist have been extensively trained to be an expert in restoration and replacement of broken teeth, crowns, bridges and dentures. This dentist can even help with snoring and sleep disorders.