Dental health is directly connected to overall health, and the two affect each other significantly. At Los Altos Family Smiles in Los Altos, California, Sheena Vaswani, DDS, and the rest of the team provide wellness checks to help you understand and leverage these connections. Scheduling a visit takes just a few moments online or by phone.
You may not think about it, but your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health and wellness, and vice versa. That’s why Los Altos Family Smiles offers wellness checks, visits focused on exploring your specific health needs and how they are tied to dental health.
This is a highly individualized approach. It begins with a thorough discussion about your personal and family health history. This information helps your dentist better shape the visit to suit your specific needs.
Your mouth is home to an astounding array of bacteria. Most of these living organisms are harmless, and many are beneficial. But some can be incredibly harmful if they move into other areas of your body.
When you develop gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream, where it can travel throughout your system and potentially cause numerous health problems. Heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications are linked to periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease.
Health issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can allow acids to reach your mouth and wear away your enamel. Medications used to treat hypertension can slow saliva production, which in turn can increase your risk of tooth loss.
Osteoporosis and other conditions that affect bone health can impact your dental health by weakening the connection between teeth and bone. Researchers are just beginning to understand the ways long COVID-19 might affect dental and overall health.
The good news is there are numerous things you can do to boost both your dental health and overall physical health and wellness. You don’t even have to make sweeping changes to reap significant benefits.
In fact, finding ways to incorporate small healthy habits into your every day routines is the best possible approach. That’s because smaller changes are far more sustainable than fad diets or extreme exercise plans.
Nutrition is a great place to begin. Work to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and set a goal to increase your daily intake of water. Finding ways to be a little more active each and every day will also lead to improved health.
Routine dental exams help you learn ways to boost your oral hygiene, which keeps bacteria in check and ensures gums remain healthy.
If you’d like to learn more, call or click to book a personalized wellness check at Los Altos Family Smiles.