Your Hygiene Appointment – A Prerequisite for Overall Health

Your Hygiene Appointment – A Prerequisite for Overall Health

When it comes to your hygiene appointment, your oral health is important to us.  We want to do everything we can do to help you maintain or improve not only your oral health, but your overall health.  How can we do this?  By promoting regular dental hygiene or gum cleaning appointments.  Bacteria under the gumline has been proven to be linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  You can help to prevent these most serious conditions by taking control of the health of your gums.  Your dentist and dental hygienist are here to help!

What do diabetes, heart disease, stroke and gum disease have in common?  Inflammation!  All of these conditions are inflammatory in nature. What science has learned over the last number of years is that inflammation in the mouth will directly impact inflammation in other areas of the body.  For instance, if gum disease is left untreated and you are diabetic, it will be much harder to control your blood sugar levels.  This actually works both ways for a person with diabetes – if the blood sugar levels are uncontrolled, it will be very hard to treat periodontal disease.

The final stages of severe periodontal disease include tooth loss and pain.  With the loss of even one tooth, chewing function is impaired.  Overall health and wellness is dependent upon eating a variety of nutritious foods, which can be more difficult if teeth are lost or when there is pain in the mouth.  Your oral health directly affects your overall health in so many ways!

At Simcoe Family Dentistry, our main focus is the prevention of disease.  Dr. Mikhail and our hygienists work hard to educate you during your hygiene appointment about the oral-systemic health link and to develop a patient-specific plan to maintain or improve oral and overall health.  Dental hygiene treatment is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to feeling your best.  We love what we do and are passionate about helping our patients to achieve their health goals – and their beautiful smiles are proof!