At Smiles Dental in Aurora, Dr. Goodlin & Dr. Shasha make sure that Dentistry is not about holes in teeth, or "cleanings" There is a direct correlation between the health of your mouth and the health of your body!
This is called the oral-systemic connection. Health for a lifetime!
Think about it….the mouth is the portal to the body, and the teeth are a unique situation. The crown of the tooth is in the mouth, filled with bugs (bacteria) and viruses, and the tooth root is embedded in the jaw bone - inside your body! The only thing preventing the bugs and viruses in your mouth from entering your bloodstream is that tight gasket of gum tissue that surrounds the tooth!
If that gum tissue becomes inflamed, (gingivitis) it gets boggy, red and loosens from the tooth allowing those bugs and viruses to enter into the body systems. This will then cause the bone around the root to dissolve , and the tooth will become loose and could fall out! (Periodontal disease / gum disease)
The Inflammatory response in the bloodstream caused by dental "bugs" that have entered the system, has been definitively linked to
- Heart Disease and
- Respiratory distress
The mouth borne Viruses that enter the body cause the autoimmune system to kick into overdrive and that has been linked to autoimmune disorders,
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- and there are thoughts it could be linked to Cancer!...
So you can see that Dentistry is not only about holes in teeth, it is about your overall health!
If your Dental Insurance plan doesn't cover dental exams every 6 months, think about doing it on your own... do you really want to gamble with your health!