Preventative Dental Care & Your Health
Tooth loss is an inherent risk for anyone who fails to take proper care of their teeth. But did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?
Our Kanata dentists will help you understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself.
What’s the connection between oral disease and overall health?
Like many areas of the body, your mouth has a lot of bacteria, most of which are harmless. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria may reach levels that could lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease -the two major causes of tooth loss in adult Canadians.
In addition, certain medications such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers and diuretics can reduce saliva flow leading to bad breath and an oral environment ripe for infection.
Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, might play a role in some diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, premature births and low birth weight babies to name a few.
Healthy Gums Don’t Bleed!
At Hazeldean Dental Group, we perform a thorough examination using digital radiographs and a periodontal probe. In general, the deeper the pockets, the greater the spread of periodontal disease.
Gum disease (periodontal) therapy
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, our Ottawa dentists can help you control the disease and, in many cases, prevent it from progressing.
Treatment involves a combination of root scaling/debridement, new homecare techniques, more frequent dental hygiene appointments, and in severe cases, surgery.
How does tooth decay affect my body?
Tooth decay does more than affect your smile. The bacteria in plaque produces acid that destroys the enamel of your teeth to form cavities. An untreated cavity decays the tooth further, which could then weaken and break, causing an infection or abscess and eventually tooth loss.
When you lose a tooth or several teeth your self-confidence can be affected. This can affect your smile, ability to speak or chew properly and the infection may affect your overall health. That’s why regular dental appointments with our Kanata dental team are so important. Our Kanata dentists use digital radiographs to look for cavities between the teeth.
Root canals can save a tooth from decay.
Most people have preconceived notions that a root canal can be painful and uncomfortable. In fact, root canal therapy doesn’t cause pain, instead it can help relieve it! Advances in dental technology have made root canal therapy a much less invasive experience.
Once the pulp of a tooth has become infected, your choices are limited. An extraction is only a short-term solution. While it does remove the source of infection, it sets off a chain reaction of shifting teeth, bone loss and other dental problems.
To save your tooth from removal, we may recommend treating the infection with root canal therapy. The tooth can then be restored with a crown or filling to prevent future fractures.