With October right around the corner, it gives an opportunity to assess unmet goals with your oral health with time to still tend to needs and desires. This is also a good time to use your HSA or dental insurance benefits before they disappear.
Your smile is more than a mere arrangement of teeth. It plays an important part in your overall health. Having a clean, healthy mouth does more than help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Keeping oral bacteria levels under control helps you prevent systemic inflammation.
Systemic inflammation is when your immune system gets stuck in the ‘on’ position. This creates an inflammation where the good reactions of your immune function runs amok. Rather than turn off when immune functions are no longer needed, it simmers on an ongoing basis.
Systemic inflammation is now being found to be the origin of a number of harmful problems in the body. It has been associated with everything from digestive problems to heart disease to arthritis.
The potent bacteria of gum disease can enter the bloodstream through tears in weakened gum tissues. Once bloodborne, the bacteria can trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body. Oral bacteria has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, arthritis, diabetes, preterm babies and impotency.
Keeping your mouth healthy is obvious a ‘leg up’ to your overall health. Renew your commitment to twice daily home care and keeping your 6-month exams and cleanings. These visits can remove buildup that has occurred since your last visit and catch small problems before they become big ones.
If you are unhappy with your smile’s appearance, this is also a good time to pursue improvements. We offer Invisalign to correct crowded, crooked teeth, an effective whitening system, bonding and porcelain crowns and veneers.
If you are missing teeth, this can also be a good time to consider Dental Implants. We offer all phases of implant dentistry in addition to crown-&-bridge combinations, partials and full dentures. We are always happy to explain the benefits and cost of each option so you can determine which is right for your needs.
If you are experiencing night-time grinding or clenching or have frequent headaches or migraines, your bite alignment may need adjusting. In some cases, Invisalign can resolve the problem. In others, crowns may be advised to correct the height of certain teeth. We also create custom-made oral appliances to address this problem in some cases.
The best way to determine how to achieve a confident smile is to arrange a free Consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss your options and associated costs. We can go over payment plans as well as the number of appointments that may be needed. If fear is a concern, we’ll also discuss the comfort options we have in place to make each visit a comfortable experience.
Don’t let 2017 slip up on you having not met your smile goals. Call 910-254-4555 to arrange a Consultation time that is best for you.