Did you know about the oral / systemic health link? The mouth is part of the body. Many major health conditions present themselves with warning signs in the mouth.
Lack of professional dental cleanings and regular brushing habits have detrimental effects on the body and overall health. Bacteria and plaque from the mouth enter the bloodstream through the gums. The bacteria travels to the lungs and heart causing respiratory problems, clogging and narrowing of the Carotid Artery, potentially leading to heart attack and stroke. People with gum disease have two- three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event.
Serious gum disease affects blood glucose control and continues to the progression of diabetes.
Oral Cancer screenings save lives! Only about one half of people diagnosed with oral cancer will survive more than 5 years after they are diagnosed. The Oral Cancer Foundation states that 53,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral or oralpharyngeal cancer this year. 70% of cancers in the oropharynx ( which include the base of the tongue, tonsils, uvula, and soft palate) are linked to HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus. We provide thorough oral cancer screenings with every visit.
Did you know the bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities is contagious from parent to child by sharing utensils? A parent can accidentally spread cavities and infection to their child if they have it themselves. A parent can also cause their child to suffer in pain from cavities called baby bottle tooth rot. These cavities form from a child going to sleep with a milk or juice filled bottle. We collaborate with pediatric dental anesthesiologists that have hospital privileges at Children's. Unfortunately this procedure is so overwhelming, he child will be sedated for this preventable condition.
Our onsite service in these facilities give children and adults access to the dental care and education they desperately need. We not only treat, but prevent through proper education. We help save lives through detection and referrals.