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Posts for: November, 2011

By drmalenius
November 08, 2011
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Why In The World Do You Need To Know That?

When you come in for your dental visit, you may notice that we do a lot more than examine your teeth and gums.

One of the most important parts of your visit is when we ask you questions about your general health. But many people have said to us:

"What does that have to do with my dental check up?"

The answer - a lot!

More and more research is being published linking dental health to overall health, and at Malenius Dental we are concerned about both!

So the good news is, unlike a visit to your physician - you get to keep your clothes on and won't be poked and prodded anywhere other than your mouth! But it is extremely important that we know about your total physical health and any medications you are taking.  Why?  So we can not only save your teeth - we may actually save your life.

A According to a recent article in The British Dental Journal, it works the other way around too, as gum disease can be a contributing factor in heart disease, stroke, oral cancer, and other illnesses, such as diabetes.  Diabetes, especially when it is undiagnosed, can be ahugefactor in gum disease, eventually causing tooth loss?

A recent study by Columbia University concluded:

"Gum disease is an early complication of diabetes!" It continues:

"Since 70% of adults see a dentist at least once per year" this is a perfect opportunity to screen for diabetes and other diseases.

Many of us are now on medication.  If you are taking any medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, many of these can lead to dry mouth, gum inflammation, and other dental problems.

And it's even more complicated forwomen, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and oral contraceptives can cause many changes in dental health. (Isn't everything more complicated for women?)

If you want to know more about your dental health and how it relates to your overall health, please feel free to contact us. If you have any questions or want to schedule your next appointment, just give us a call at 1-630-668-6180. We are here for you!