Date: 3/6/2017 10:45 AM PST
Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive – they can also tell dentists information about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk for chronic disease.
Research suggests, that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, there is a relationship between gum (periodontal) disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.
Other research shows that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (diseases involving many organs or the whole body) have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems. Such diseases include:
Since most people have regular oral examinations, their dentist may be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem in its early stages. Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring. Schedule your appointment with Thousand Oaks Smile Design because your health is important!
Meet Our Employee Of The Month Rachel Jackson
Rachel Jackson completed her degree in Registered Dental Hygiene in Southern California, and joined our team in the beginning of 2015. Patients consider Rachel very gentle and caring, while at the same time very thorough. Rachel is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She enjoys spending her down time with her family and friends. Rachel's hobbies include reading science fiction books, spending time at her kids school, and enjoying a good family dinner.
If you are an anxious dental patient, you would be in great hands with Rachel as your hygienist. She personifies our mission for gentle and caring treatment. Call Thousand Oaks Smile Design to meet Rachel in person!
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