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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.

By DAVID G. FEENEY, DDS
January 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Is it time to pick up the phone and call our dental office?

If you’re wondering if it’s time to visit our Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney, chances are good that it’s because you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist. Or, perhaps you’re dealing with changes in your oral health or you’ve developed symptoms that have you concerned. If so, it’s probably a good idea to play it safe and call our dental office for an appointment. Not sure whether you should visit us? It’s time to see a dentist if,

You’re experiencing pain

Pain is your body’s way of saying that something is not right, and it’s particularly important that you listen to dental pain. After all, while a broken bone can heal itself and a stomachache may go away without treatment, dental pain won’t go away on its own unless the underlying problem (e.g. decay; infection) is properly treated by our Matthews, NC, family dentist.

You have inflamed gums

Gum disease occurs in 50 percent of American adults, so it’s quite possible that you could deal with gum disease at some point during your lifetime. The most important thing is that you’re able to spot the early warning signs of gum disease so that you can get the treatment you need to reverse it or, at the very least, control it. Early warning signs of gum disease include inflamed, achy, red and bleeding gums.

You have developed tooth sensitivity

Do you suddenly notice a zapping or sudden pain in a tooth when eating or drinking something hot or cold? If so, this could be a sign of an infected dental pulp or a damaged tooth. If lingering tooth sensitivity has suddenly happened to you, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.

You hate your smile

Do you find yourself hiding your smile from the world? Feel embarrassed on dates or around colleagues? If you wish to improve your smile, then this is another good reason to visit our Matthew, NC, cosmetic dentist. We offer everything from teeth whitening and dental bonding to dental veneers and Invisalign, to help you get your dream smile.

You’re dealing with jaw pain

Millions of Americans are dealing with TMJ disorder, a condition that results in painful, aching jaws that make it difficult to eat or speak without discomfort. Those with TMJ disorder are also more likely to deal with headaches and earaches. If this is something you’re experiencing, our dental team can provide you with a variety of treatment options and ways to get your symptoms under control.

Here at our Matthews, NC, practice, our dentist Dr. Feeney and his team have seen and treated a wide range of dental issues. If you are experiencing any of the problems above call (704) 847-1000 right away to schedule an appointment.