oral-health

Toothaches, cavities, and other various dental problems can seem to be isolated to just your mouth, but the truth is, your oral health is directly tied to your body’s overall health.

When your mouth is happy and healthy, so is the rest of your body. On the flip side, when a dental problem presents itself, it could affect other systems in your body or could be an indicator of further health problems. Let’s dive more into the connection between oral health and overall health!

Related Article from the American Dental Association (ADA): The Mouth Is A Window Into The Health of The Body

 

Dental and Oral Health Signs Can Indicate Overall Health

According to Web MD, a woman visited her dentist to treat her recently broken tooth. When her dentist examined the tooth and the state of her oral health, he noticed multiple red flags. She was suffering from multiple dental issues:

  • Inflamed gums.
  • Gum disease.
  • Multiple chipped/fractured teeth.

Related Article: Oral Health Problems and Overall Health: How Connected Are They?

These were major warning signs of a deeper health problem, not just a simple broken tooth. Her dentist recommended she get in touch with her primary care doctor ASAP and she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and anemia and at high risk for a heart attack. This is a perfect example of how oral health and overall health are synonymous.

Researchers are sure of the link between gum disease and:

  • Heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Increased heart attack risk (two-fold).
  • Increased stroke risk (three-fold).

Read More About This Story: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oral-health-affects-wellness

 

Keeping Up with Dental Health

Knowing that link between gum disease and major health issues exists can be quite nerve wracking to learn, however, proper dental care and regular cleanings with your dentist are a great line of defense against these issues. To avoid these risks and diseases, make sure to consult and visit your dentist often. Dentists are usually the first line of defense and can recognize any warning signs and help you on the road to recovery.

Along with your dentist, you can be aware of the warning signs of bad oral health:

  • Sensitive, inflamed, or bleeding gums.
  • Constant bad breath.
  • Pus by teeth or gums.
  • Feeling of loose teeth.

Using tobacco products can also greatly increase the risk of gum disease and multiple health problems.

Read More: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK219661/

 

Dr. Stephan Caye and his friendly, experienced team at Premier Dental offer affordable family dentistry and invisible braces in the Lee’s Summit, MO area. Our office is conveniently located off of Highway 50 and SE Blue Parkway. We offer appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At Premier Dental, we provide most dental health services, from family and general dentistry to specialty procedures, including tooth replacement options, such as dental implants and dentures, endodontic or root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental care and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at (816) 600-6330 to schedule an appointment.

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Beards, manscaping, hair gel, man caves, and self-grooming galore! In today’s world, men are taking charge of their aesthetic and their health, and dental health should be no different … that’s why we’re tackling dental health for men in this article.

Good dental health for men equals good overall health, as all parts of the body are interconnected. In fact, men are more commonly dealing with gum disease than women, making oral health even more important.

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Dear Premier Dental Family,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines, including routine dental appointments.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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Hello Friends,

During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at the office of Premier Dental in Lee’s Summit, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.

Dr. Caye is available for Emergency Dental Appointments. Please call 816-600-6330.

You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.

In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:

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Are you ready to straighten your smile? Do you have an overbite or underbite? Would you like to fix the space between your teeth or are they too crowded? ClearCorrect clear aligners could be a perfect fit!

Gone are the days when you had to endure metal braces for several years to make these smile corrections.

ClearCorrect, a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces, with a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time to eventually correct the teeth.

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We’re SMILING because February is National Childrens Dental Health Month and we LOVE our Little Patients!! When you have small kiddos, like we do, it can be overwhelming to make sure you’re doing “all the things” to keep these tiny humans healthy and happy! To take some of the guess work out of this subject, we’re going to focus this blog on some questions about childrens dental health that we, as dental professionals AND parents, can answer.

First, let’s explain what National Childrens Dental Health Month is … it was introduced in the month of February by the American Dental Association as an observance to bring together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents, caregivers, teachers and many others.

For us, it’s a great opportunity to promote the benefits of childrens dental health, because developing healthy dental habits at an early age, including brushing and scheduling regular dental visits, helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

We want our patients to have beautiful, healthy smiles and we love to help educate families about their dental health, so let’s get started!

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cosmetic-dentistry

Dentistry has traditionally focused on oral hygiene and preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease. However, dentists who are highly skilled at cosmetic dentistry procedures give their patients additional options to improve the appearance of their teeth, smile and mouth. In other words, restorative dentistry, also referred to as general and/or family dentistry practices address dental problems that require necessary treatment; whereas cosmetic dentistry provides elective – or desired – treatments and services.

 

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Do you have a toothache, but are a little unsettled at the thought of needing root canal therapy? We can get your questions answered and put you at ease. These are some of the questions we’ve gotten from our patients: What is a root canal? Can I avoid getting a root canal? What are the symptoms? And … will it hurt? (more…)

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Losing teeth can be frustrating and upsetting. Thankfully, there are two wonderful options that can bring your smile, and your dental health, all together and looking beautiful. These options are dentures and dental implants, but what’s the difference between the two? Let’s dive into what you need to know to make the best decision for yourself: Dentures vs Dental Implants.

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Eating Disorders Can Cause Dental Problems

The body is all interconnected. When something is wrong in one area, other areas can also be greatly affected. Eating disorders are an example of this phenomenon within the body.

Related Article: Oral Health Problems and Overall Health: How Connected Are They?

When you experience an eating disorder, other parts of your body, such as your teeth and gums, may be affected in a way you never thought possible. For example, eating behaviors can affect your oral health in many ways, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Soft palate damage
  • Tissue/enamel loss
  • Redness and cuts inside the mouth
  • Discoloration
  • And more

See more information HERE regarding signs, symptoms, side effects and dental problems caused by bulimia from EatingDisorderHope.com.

Related Article: Tooth Decay: Don’t Be A Statistic 

Your Dentist Can Help

According to Eating Disorder Hope, “dentists are recognized as being some of the first health care professionals to whom a previously undiagnosed eating disorder patient (EDP) may present.”

Read more on the resources provided by Eating Disorder Hope HERE.

Dentists can be essential in identifying the first signs of an eating disorder. Without identifying dental issues, someone could live with an eating disorder for years without any help. If your dentist asks you about your signs or symptoms, consider being honest and open with them to take the first step toward recovery and improved oral health.

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