How Your Dentist Can Help Improve Your Health
By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
April 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist   Dental Visits  

Regular visits with your Matthews, NC, dentist, Dr. David Feeney, offer a simple way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Improved oral health isn't the only benefit of these visits. In fact, scheduling checkups every six months can also help you protect your overall health.

Dental visits help you avoid serious illness due to infections and inflammation

Bacteria from diseased gums or infected tooth pulp don't always remain in your mouth. The germs can enter your bloodstream and travel to any part of your body. If an infection reaches your heart or brain, it could cause a heart attack or stroke.

Gum disease may increase your risk of developing heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and Alzheimer's disease, according to Medical News Today. Inflammation in your mouth could also spread throughout your body. Widespread inflammation could be a contributing factor to diabetes, obesity, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases and conditions.

Fortunately, it's easy to reduce inflammation and prevent infections with regular dental visits. Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar, substances that can cause cavities and gum disease. If you visit the dentist every six months, cavities and gum disease can be promptly diagnosed and treated before they can cause extensive damage to your oral or general health.

Sleep apnea treatment offered by your dentist helps you avoid health problems

Sleep apnea, a condition that causes multiple breathing pauses during the night, can ruin your health if it's not treated. The condition increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and depression.

Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines can be helpful in keeping your airway open, the machines aren't a good option for everyone. If you've struggled to adjust to your CPAP machine, your dentist can provide you with an oral appliance that you may find more comfortable. The device holds your jaw forward and prevents your tongue from blocking your airway while you sleep.

Your dentist can spot subtle signs of health problems

During your visit to the Matthews, NC, dental office, your dentist will look for signs that could indicate that you have a health problem. For example, your gums may bleed easily if you have diabetes, while thrush could be a sign of an underactive thyroid gland. He'll also conduct an oral cancer screening and look for lumps, bumps, non-healing sores, and other possible signs of cancer.

Is it time for your next checkup? Call your dentist in Matthews, NC, Dr. Feeney, at (704) 847-1000 to schedule your appointment.

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