Skill & Artistry | Oral Health Affects General Health
A number of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are now being linked with dental oral health. Good oral dental hygiene and regular visits to a dental hygienist can help prevent periodontal gum disease which in turn will help reduce your risk to these major medical conditions.
For centuries it has been believed that there has been a connection between health of the mouth and the rest of the body. Now we have the evidence.
When the major medical problems that kill three out of every four people, combine with the most common disease known to man, gum disease, that’s something to be concerned about.
Periodontal (gum) disease causes systemic inflammation which leads to a myriad of major medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and several other diseases and disorders. Periodontal disease is now a medical problem.
Pregnancy complications soar by a factor of 255% for women with gum disease.
Diabetic mortality in non-gum-diseased adults rises from 3% to almost 28% when gum disease is present. C-reactive protein in now recognised as a more significant risk factor for heart disease and strokes than is high cholesterol levels. Cancers of inflammatory origin (colon), Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and other diseases and conditions related to systemic inflammation are now entering this arena.
Because of this new science, dentists now occupy a pivotal role in the general health and well-being of their patients, and make a very significant contribution to the medical establishment’s efforts to keep a modern population healthy.
Due to this new standard of care with a shift to embrace oral health status, doctors and dentists are insisting that their patients deal with chronic oral infections. The complications arising from gum disease cannot be ignored.
At Duxton Dental we have amassed a large amount of knowledge in this area. In our hygiene department we are combining this information along with modern treatment techniques (Antibiotic regimes, Laser Assisted Periodontal Tissue Therapy and innovative home care mouthwashes) to identify and treat the forms of oral infection responsible for these major systemic concerns.
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Headaches, Migraines and Temporomandibular Disorders
The main presenting complaint for dental related headaches, migraines and temporomandibular disorders are usually pain in the head, neck or face. This is often (but not always) accompanied by jaw joint noises, altered jaw movements, damage to teeth and joint, and posture compromises and can be helped with dental migraine treatment.
Treatment is usually multi-disciplinary involving dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy.
The ultimate dental goal is to manage and lower the proprioceptive and neuromuscular input on the trigeminal system by
1) - achieving a control or balance of the bite/occlusion, and
2) – by preserving or restoring health and stability to the TM joint and associated structures and tissues.
The dental treatment usually involves the use of oral appliances or orthotics, treatment splints, orthodontics, restorative reconstructions, prosthodontics, maxillomandibular surgery, and infrequently surgery on the joint itself.