The Links Between Your Overall and Oral Health
Sharing Your History is Key to Oral Health in Ancaster
We would hazard a guess that the connection between your overall and your oral health are still relatively unknown, yet pose health risks that should not be ignored. The key is to create an open dialogue between all your health care providers, in which you share information regarding all aspects of your health. Let’s work toward an environment where we tell our dental providers about our heart health and we let our medical practitioner know that we suffer from gingivitis.
These open conversations may lead to a different and more collaborative approach to your health care. It truly starts with our patients, but as your dental team, we promise to ask you the meaningful questions that lead to conversation.
Dentists Have Your Health in Mind
Let’s look at some of the most common connections between our dental and medical health.
- Cardiovascular Health: Researchers have found is that the same bacteria responsible for dental disease could contribute to blockages around the heart. These bacteria trigger an inflammatory response in the body and causes reduced blood flow due to swelling, which leads to the risks of clots putting you at risk for heart disease & stroke.
- Respiratory Disorders: Some respiratory infections occur when the micro-organisms from the mouth and throat travel into the lungs. When these micro-organisms reach the lower respiratory tract, they may cause an infection or worsen an existing lung infection. With today’s concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), you can never be too careful with your respiratory health.
- Oral Cancer: One of the most serious issues we face is the early detection of oral cancer. The oral cancer examination performed by your dentist during a routine dental exam is fast, easy and painless – and it could save your life.
- Diabetes: Certain diseases, such as diabetes, lower a body’s resistance to infection, making those living with the disease more prone to oral health problems. During your visits, Dr. Manjula Duhan will look for some of these common issues associated with diabetes:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Dry mouth
- Fungal infections or lesions
Communication is Key
The only way to ensure your dental health is aligned with your overall health is to communicate openly you’re your Golf Links Dental team. Your dentist may adjust your treatment if you have certain medical conditions, use certain prescription drugs or are currently undergoing medical treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Some medications cause “dry mouth,” significantly limiting the body’s ability to create saliva, which is an important element in reducing bacteria in the mouth. Without saliva, your mouth is unable to “clean” itself effectively allowing bacteria to wreak havoc.
Oral Health Ancaster
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, and utilizes the most up-to-date technology to make your experience a positive one, give Golf Links Dental a call at 905-648-9598. We are a family dental practice in Ancaster that welcomes and treats people of all ages.