At Smiles Dental Aurora, Dr. Shasha believes that dentistry involves more than just fixing cavities or getting teeth cleaning. Your oral health is directly connected to your overall well-being, known as the oral-systemic connection. At Smiles Dental, our goal is to ensure health for a lifetime!
The mouth is the gateway to the body, and the teeth present a unique situation. The crown of the tooth is in the mouth, filled with bacteria and viruses, while the tooth root is embedded in the jaw bone within your body. The gum tissue surrounding the tooth prevents the bugs and viruses in your mouth from entering your bloodstream.
However, if the gum tissue becomes inflamed (gingivitis), it can loosen from the tooth, allowing the bugs and viruses to enter your body systems. This can cause periodontal disease/gum disease, leading to bone loss around the root and loose teeth. The inflammatory response caused by dental "bugs" that have entered your system has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory distress.
Mouth-borne viruses that enter your body can cause your autoimmune system to kick into overdrive, leading to autoimmune disorders such as:
Dentistry is not just about fixing holes in your teeth, but it is also about your overall health. If your Dental Insurance plan doesn't cover dental exams every six months, consider doing it on your own. Your health is not something to gamble with! Contact us at Smiles Dental Aurora if you have any questions.