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Oral Health: A Window to Your Overall Wellness

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Oral Health: A Window to Your Overall Wellness

At Shield Dental Care, we don’t just take care of your oral health, we prioritize your overall well-being. We continue learning about the link between diseases of the mouth and serious conditions like diabetes, high-blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Not only does disease affect your dental health, but your dental health can let your dentist know if there is something else going on with your overall wellness. Therefore, Dr. Ghorbani goes to great lengths to ensure that you are always at your healthiest. By taking simple steps and practicing good daily hygiene habits, you can set yourself up for a lifetime of excellent health!

When you come in for an appointment with us, let us know about any medical conditions or medications that you are taking. We only mention a few here, but there are many more that make it even more important to keep your regular dentist appointment. Take charge of your health and live the healthiest life you deserve!

Diabetes and Dental Hygiene

Diabetes can cause a whole host of issues with oral health such as dry mouth, cavities, altered taste, impaired wound healing, and esepcially gum disease (gingivitis). Roughly 22% of patient suffering with diabetes will also have gingivitis. The combination of dry mouth and poor wound healing allows bacteria to grow out of control. This leads to inflammation and swelling of the gums. But don’t despair! With the proper dental treatment plan that you and Dr. Ghorbani will discuss, gingivitis is reversible to a degree. You can also lower your HbA1C with regular cleanings and proper dental hygiene. When you call for an appointment with Shield Dental Care, let us know if you struggle with diabetes so we can tailor your experience to your specific needs. And remember, the best way to maintain a healthy smile with diabetes is keeping your blood sugar levels under control.

High Blood Pressure and Gingival Hyperplasia

For patients that are on certain anti-hypertensive drugs to treat their high blood pressure, there are possible side effects to your oral hygiene. Much like diabetes, these medications can cause dry mouth (xerostomia) which can lead to cavities. Without enough saliva, bacteria and debris in the mouth cannot be properly washed away. Additionally, some medications can cause gum overgrowth. This can be painful and make eating very difficult. If you experience any of these issues, call us for a consultation! Dr. Ghorbani can discuss how to approach the right treatment plan for you.

Please watch the video below for more information on cardivascular health and gingivitis.

 

Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 18 million Americans suffer with sleep apnea. In fact, sleep apnea is one of the most frequently missed diagnoses associated with a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is temporary pauses in breathing while sleeping which can lead to frequently waking up during the night and snoring. Common obstrutions that cause sleep apnea include lax throat muscles, a large tongue, or a small jaw. Lack of sleep is not only bothersome but also dangerous. Insufficient sleep increases your risk of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

A symptom of sleep apnea that Dr. Ghorbani may notice even before you do is teeth grinding (bruxism). Grinding your teeth can lead to other more serious oral health issues such as receding gums and tooth decay. Dr. Ghorbani may discuss with you if a nightguard could be appropriate to protect your teeth from this symptom of sleep apnea. Other mouth appartices may also be discussed to help with the sleep apnea itself to give you a good nights rest at last.  Call today if you have any issues with sleep apnea that you feel we can discuss!

See the video below for more information.